Kangaroo Paws Fern
Zealandia pustulata (G.Forst.) Testo & A.R.Field is the accepted scientific name for this species. The genus and species were named and described as such by Weston L. Testo and Ashley R. Field in Systematic Botany in 2019. It was first named and described as Polypodium pustulatum by Johann Georg Adam Forster in Florilae Insularum Australium Prodromus in 1786.
Accepted Infraspecific Names (2) (Updated on 12-12-21 from Plants of the World Online): Zealandia pustulata subsp. howensis (Tindale & P.S.Green) Testo & A.R.Field, *Zealandia pustulata subsp. pustulata (autonym). *When infraspecific taxon are named, an autonym (“type-specimen”) is automatically generated whose description is closest to the (original) species. I am not sure how the species and the autonym can have different synonyms… The species, autonym, and subspecies have their own synonyms.
The name change is the result of a molecular phylogenetic study conducted in 2019 which suggested three clades close to Lecanopteris sensu stricto and distinct from other clades in the subfamily Microsoroideae. The authors in the study decided to make three additional monophyletic genera. It takes a while for name changes to be approved and go through all the hoops. I have changed the scientific name of the Kangaroo Paws Fern a MULTIPLE of times. Now I have to change the captions AGAIN!
To read the whole write-up about the name change click on SESSA LAB (UPLOAD FROM SYSTEMATIC BOTANY).
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.
This is one of several plants Dr. Skinner bought before she passed on March 2009 while living at the mansion in Leland, Mississippi. The Kangaroo Paw Fern proved to be very easy to grow. The links below provide much information about the species and growing tips.
Origin: New Zealand, Australia.
Zones: USDA Zones (° F) HMMM…
Size: 10-12” plus tall.
Light: Light to full shade.
Soil: Well-drained soil.
Water: Average. Soil should not dry out very long.
The Kangaroo Paws Fern was a very easy fern to grow and I had absolutely no problems with it. Unfortunately, when I sold the mansion and moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013, I couldn’t take it with me. I left it with a good friend and fellow plant collector. Maybe someday I will purchase another.
I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.
Most of the links below list the Kangaroo Paws Fern in one species or another. It can be difficult to keep up with name changes, especially with this one. Dave’s Garden caught up with the last name change, Phymatosorus pistulatus, only to have it change AGAIN.