Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Pteris vittata
Palmer, 2003.
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      Pteris vittata

Common name(s): Chinese brake, cliff brake, ladder brake
General Information
DistributionNative 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.

HabitatUrban areas, often on rock walls and dry cliffs
Elevation0-1310 m
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.
Sally Eichhorn