|Pteridophyte|| Literature for Pteris vittata
Common name(s): Chinese brake, cliff brake, ladder brake
|Distribution||Native to Africa, Asia, and Australia and is now naturalized in scattered warm areas of the world. In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.|
|Habitat||Urban areas, often on rock walls and dry cliffs|
||Terrestrial or epipetric, small to medium-sized; rhizomes decumbent, covered with light tan scales.
||Fronds 14-50(-80) cm long; stipe 1/10 or less frond length, straw-colored, scaly near base, scales light tan; blade 1-pinnate, oblanceolate, widest distally, gradually narrowing toward base, light green, chartaceous; rachises and costae straw-colored, fine scaly; pinnae 8-21 pairs, usually subopposite, short-stalked to slightly adnate, gradually diminishing in size toward base, basal pinnae very short and cordate, margins entire, terminal pinnae similar to lateral pinnae but much longer.
||Coenosori marginal, light-colored flaps.
||Latin vittatus, longitudinally striped, probably in reference to the marginal coenosori.