Floating Fern - Live Antler Fern Large Aquarium Plant Ceratopteris pteridoides


This floating fern has large leaves and a very distinctive appearance unlike any more common specie of Ceratopteris that is widely used in the hobby. What very few people realize, including one proclaimed expert aquatic plant forum, this plant known as Antler fern is native to the USA! It is found throughout Florida and Louisiana, and was not an introduced specie.  It is also native to Brazil, Ecuador, the West Indies, China, and Southeast Asia.

The leaves consist of sterile and non sterile leaves that differ sharply in appearance: the sterile leaf is usually broad basal lobes while the fertile leaf is finely disceted into long narrow ultimate segments. Transitional leaves are deeply pinnatifid. 

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