This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A Tropical American Fern, also known as Pteris, having palmate fronds 4-9 in. long divided into narrow dark-green segments. Although ornamental and easily grown, this species and a variety called geranifolia are not in much demand.