Plant Threats to Pacific Ecosystems

PIER species listed by scientific name with growth habit = "fern"

A product of the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

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This table lists all species profiled on PIER with the growth habit = "fern".  An alphabetical index to all PIER species is also available. It includes those of environmental concern (including those that are probably of threat only to islands with high elevations) as well as agricultural and ruderal weeds.  Each species is linked by its scientific name to an individual write-up containing relevant information.

Species are listed in alphabetic order.  You can browse this list or use the "find" function on your web browser to search by scientific name.

Can't find it here?  Check the list of synonyms for other names (the more common synonyms are included below) or search other lists and databases available on the Internet.

Stumped by botanical terms?  Here are links to a brief glossary and a search engine for botanical terms.


Scientific name (+Family) Often-used other Latin names Habit Present on
Pacific Islands?
Primarily a threat
at high elevations?
Adiantum raddianum   (Pteridaceae) Adiantum cuneatum Langsd. & Fischer fern Yes No
Angiopteris evecta   (Marattiaceae) Polypodium evectum G. Forst. fern Yes No
Asparagus africanus   (Asparagaceae) Protasparagus africanus (Lam.) Oberm. fern Yes No
Blechnum appendiculatum   (Blechnaceae)   fern Yes No
Cyathea australis   (Cyatheaceae) Alsophila australis R. Br. fern Yes No
Cyathea cooperi   (Cyatheaceae) Sphaeropteris cooperi (Hook. ex F. Muell.) R. M.Tryon fern Yes No
Cyathea medullaris   (Cyatheaceae) Polypodium medullare G. Forst.; Sphaeropteris medullaris (G. Forst.) Bernh. fern Yes No
Diplazium esculentum   (Woodsiaceae)   fern Yes No
Equisetum ramosissimum subsp. debile   (Equisetaceae) Equisetum debile Roxb. ex Vaucher fern No No
Lygodium japonicum   (Lygodiaceae)   fern Yes No
Lygodium microphyllum   (Lygodiaceae) Lygodium scandens auct.; Ugena microphylla Cav. fern Yes No
Lygodium palmatum   (Lygodiaceae)   fern Yes No
Nephrolepis exaltata   (Lomariopsidaceae)   fern Yes No
Pityrogramma calomelanos   (Pteridaceae) Acrostichum calomelanos L.; Gymnogramma calomelanos var. aureoflava Hook.; Gymnogramma ochracea C. Presl; Pityrogramma austroamericana Domin fern Yes No
Platycerium bifurcatum   (Polypodiaceae)   fern Yes No
Pteris cretica   (Pteridaceae)   fern Yes No
Pteris multifida   (Pteridaceae)   fern No No
Pteris vittata   (Pteridaceae)   fern Yes No
Pyrrosia piloselloides   (Polypodiaceae) Drymoglossum piloselloides (L.) C. Presl; Pteris piloselloides L. fern Yes No
Selaginella kraussiana   (Selaginellaceae) Lycopodium kraussianum Kunze fern Yes No

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