Nephrolepis cordifolia

COMMON NAME

Kupukupu or fishbone fern

TYPE

Fern

FAMILY

Nephrolepidaceae

NOTES

A type of sword fern with erect fronds standing 1-2 ft. tall and 2-3 inches wide. Each frond is comprised of many smaller pinnae (frondlets), each about 1-11/2 inches long and about ¼ inch wide. It was often used to decorate hula altars symbolizing that it was a place of learning, or sprouting knowledge since the word kupu means to sprout. The fronds are also used for making lei.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands

NATIVE HABITAT

Dry to wet forests and lava fields

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

ctahr.hawaii.edu

hawaiiannativeplants.com



Nephrolepis cordifolia