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  Nephrolepis acutifolia (Desv.) H. Christ.
  Family Name : Oleandraceae

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      1 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical Africa, Southeast Asia (including Singapore), and Polynesia
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest; Secondary Rainforest; Coastal Forest; Freshwater Swamp Forest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Endangered (EN))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is an epiphytic fern with creeping stolons.
      Foliage: Its stalked, pinnate leaves (fronds) that are up to 100 by 12 cm and have more than 50 pairs of leaflets (pinnae) with slightly leathery blades. Its fertile pinnae (leaflets) are much narrower than sterile ones.
      Reproductive Parts (non-flowering plant): Its fertile pinnae bear more or less continuous indusiate sori (sori covered with a protective membrane) along both margins.
      Habitat :
      It grows in the lowlands.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by spores or stolons.
      Etymology :
      Greek Nephrolepis, kidney-scale, referring to the shape of the indusia (an outgrowth from the frond that serves as a protective covering for the sporangia) of the sori; Latin acutifolia, with acute leaves, referring to the leaf blades
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Shallow Media (8 -10cm)
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Hanging Basket
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Seed / Spore Dispersal :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Propagation Method :
      Spore, Stolon / Runner
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :

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