Pteris cretica subsp. cretica

This subspecies is accepted
The native range of this subspecies is Canary Islands (Gran Canaria), Ethiopia to S. Africa, Madagascar, Réunion, St. Helena, Ascension, Socotra, Yemen, Medit. to Japan and Tropical Asia. It is a rhizomatous geophyte and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


Native to:

Algeria, Angola, Ascension, Assam, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Corse, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, France, Free State, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Réunion, Socotra, Spain, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Extinct in:

Sardegna, Sicilia

Introduced into:

Azores, California, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Florida, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Louisiana, Maryland, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands, New South Wales, New Zealand South, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Vanuatu


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Fraser-Jenkins, C.R. & Parris, B.S. (2020). Pteridophytes of Turkey - A revised check-list and their relationship to Europe and the West Himalaya. Indian Journal of Forestry 43: 263-284.
  • Fraser-Jenkins, C.R., Shah, S.N. & Ullah, A. (2023). Ferns of Swat Revisited: 1-260. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India.
  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • Singh, S.K. & al. (2023). Pteridophytes of Meghalaya. A pictorial guide: 1-246. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fraser-Jenkins, C.R. & al. (2017). An Annotated Checklist of Indian Pteridophytes 1: 1-562. Dehra Dun : BSMPS.
  • Plunkett, G.M., Ranker, T.A., Sam, C. & Balick, M.J. (2022). Towards a checklist of the vascular flora of Vanuatu. Candollea 77: 105-118.
  • Prelli, R. & Boudrie, M. (2021). Les Fougères et plantes alliées d'Europe: 1-528. BIOTOPE.
  • Stace, C. (2019). New Flora of the British Isles ed. 4: 1-1266. C & M Floristics.
  • Velázquez Montes, E. (2018). Flora de Guerrero 82: 1-230. Facultade de Ciencias, UNAM.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Cuming, H. [283] Philippines Pteris taeniosa K000492225 No
Cuming, H. [283] Philippines Pteris taeniosa K000474347 Holotype Yes
De Silva, F. [Cat. no. 96] Pteris nervosa K001109242 Unknown Type Material Yes
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 96] Nepal Pteris nervosa K001109240 Unknown Type Material Yes
Blinkworth, R. [Cat. no. 96] India Pteris nervosa K001109241 Unknown Type Material Yes
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 96] Burma Pteris nervosa K001109243 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 96] Pteris nervosa K001109244 Unknown Type Material Yes


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