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Sword Fern

Scientific name:Nephrolepis Cordifolia

Hawaiian name: Kupukupu fern

This native fern grows quickly, keeps the weeds out  and is drought resistant, so it’s great for landscaping. This plant is used in leis and in hula alters.  Unfortunately there are 3  similar non native ferns  that fall in the same nephrolepis category. These invasive ferns are germinating with the native ferns and altering the genetics of the fern into hybrid fern.  ( Image by Forest and Starr Kim)

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