Deparia kaalaana   ((Copel.) M. Kato)


 
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Kaala Serpent Fern
(Deparia kaalaana)

 
syn. Asplenium marginale var. depauperata (Hillebr.), Athyrium kaalaanum (Copel.), Diplazium kaalaanum ((Copel.) C. Chr.)

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: Hawai'i, Kaua'i, East Maui

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 15 - 30 cm (heigth)

extinction date: (?)

 
The Kaala Serpent Fern was first discovered at the 402 m tall Mount Ka'ala on the island of Kaua'i, but does also occur on the islands of Hawai'i and Maui.

It is a small, terrestrial fern with a creeping rhizome and 15 to 30 cm long fronds.

 
References:

- Warren Herb Wagner, Jr. : Evolution of Hawaiian Ferns and Fern Allies in Relation to Their Conservation Status. Pacific Science 49:3141. 1995