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15. False Staghorn Fern / uluhe

Scientific name: Dicranopteris linearis

Classification: Phylum: Plantae. Class: Pteridopytae

Origin: Indigenous

Status: Common in mesic areas

Distribution: All the main islands

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This native fern is found in moist conditions and often forms thick, almost impenetrable thickets on the edges of forests. Although it is a native plant, it is has been the scourge of many hikers who have been scraped up trying to blaze a trail through a stand of the prickly uluhe. Beware of it on steep cliffside trails! It forms thick mats that make it appear there is solid ground underneath—when there may not be!

   Photo by Clyde Imada