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Old 01-11-2017, 01:38 PM
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So this has been growing in my moss for close to 3 years. I have no clue what it is and i usually pluck it out. Its bugging me not knowing what it is.

I think its some kind of maidenhair fern but i googled maidenhair ferns and they do look similar but couldn't find this exact one.

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Greetings,

It's a fern - looks like a Nephrolepiad (ie a relative of Boston fern) rather than a maidenhair. Ferns can grow in some odd shapes in shady and/or very humid conditions. It likely has a small rhizome and may send out runners. If you want to get rid of it you'll need to extract the rhizome.

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Hi Kim, i googled nepheolepiad but i still can't find this exact fern. Trying to find the name ofthis specific one so i can read about it and then decide if I want to yank it or leave it.
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PP,

Getting to a particular species with just this image will be hard. "Nephrolepiad" is just a generic term for the group of ferns related to Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata). Your fern might be a cultivar of N. exaltata itself or its relatives. It will grow well enough in a viv - but, as you have no doubt observed, it tends to have sparse, contorted fronds. The size and vigorous habit of most Nephrolepiads is a bit much for a viv - but it can certainly be controlled with regular trimming.

I tend to tolerate guys like this until I have a specific reason (a new plant to take its place for instance) before I get rid of them - but the longer you wait the more disruptive it will be to remove the rhizome.

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Thats a very good point, guess ill rip it out now vs later. Ty
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