Variegated Table Fern was brought to Europe in 1860 from the botanical garden in Java. The genus Pteris includes about 280 species found in tropical and subtropical regions; the range of some extends even into the temperate zone. Many cul-tivars with differently colouredand different growth habits are grown as house plants. The cultivar ‘Albolineata’ has broader leaflets striped with white. It grows to a height of 30-50 cm (12-20 in). The leaves are composed of several, linear-lanceolate leaflets, slightly wavy on the margins and recurved on the undersides.
It grows well in a mixture of peat, humus and sand. It is often grown with other plants in ceramic dishes, glass demijohns or fish-bowls. It has no special temperature or light requirements but does best in partial shade. In winter it tolerates temperatures as low as 10°-12°C (50°-54°F). Propagate by means of the spores; which germinate well on pure peat at a temperature of 22° C (72° F). Young plants require plenty of light and moisture.