|Danaea kalevala in Guadeloupe, with botanist Christenhusz (honored Kalevala)|
Danaea kalevala plants are large, up to 200 centimetres (79 in) tall. They have radially arranged creeping rhizomes to 15 centimetres (5.9 in) thick and pinnate leaves. The pinna apices are finely denticulate.
In the wild Danaea kalevala is rare. On the type locality along Trace des Jésuites, in Martinique, only five plants were found in 2003.
Even though the species is not uncommon in southern parts of Guadeloupe, from most other islands the plants are only known from old collections. The species is thus endangered.
This species cannot be cultivated, because the cultivation requirements of Danaea ferns are still unknown.
- Christenhusz, M. J. M., 2006. Three new species of Danaea from French Guiana and the Lesser Antilles. Annales Botanici Fennici 43: 212-219.
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