Acrostichum danaeifolium (Fee) C. Presl
Common Names: Giant Fern
danaeifolium grows with a basal rosette of fronds up to 4 meters
n length (typically less than 2 meters). There are both sterile and
fertile fronds. The sterile frond is pinnately compound with pinnae
to 60 cm in length and opposite or subopposite in position. The
pinnae are lanceolate, with an acute pinnae apex, an entire (repand
margin) and oblique base.
The fertile fronds similar in shape and
size as sterile fronds but more erect. All pinnae have sporangia.
The sporangia cover the entire abaxial surface of the pinnae.
danaeifolium grows along the edges of brackish and fresh water
ponds, sinkholes and in marshes that have standing water for a
majority of the year.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Acrostichum danaeifolium occurs in the central and
northern island groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago, Florida, the
entire Caribbean region and Mexico south to central South America.
Acrostichum danaeifolium is not used medicinally in the