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  Dipteris conjugata Reinw.
  Family Name : Dipteridaceae

  Common Names : Bua Cek, Broad-leaf Fern

  Chinese Name : 破傘蕨

Bua Cek,Broad-leaf Fern
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Widely distributed in many areas in the tropics including Vietnam, Thailand to Souther China, Japan (Southern Ryukus), Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia to Polynesia 
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Highland / Montane
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Rhizomatous fern to 2m tall; unmistakable due to the unequally lobed, fan-shaped leaves,.
      Foliage: Fronds mid green, laminae to 70cm wide by 50cm long, divided nearly to the base into two fan shaped lobes, each half again divided into four unequal lobes more than halfway to the base, these lobes again divided unequally. Juvenile fronds tomentose (with a layer of downy hairs). Sori small and numerous, scattered irregularly on under surface of the fertile frond. 
      Habitat :
      In other parts of its range, this species usually found in forest clearings at mid to high altitudes (300m - 1,500m asl), often forming dense stands where growing conditions are ideal.  In Singapore, this species can be found at sea level, but has only been recorded from coastal cliffs/forests thus far, and has a very restricted distribution (Currently at Western catchment & several offshore islands; a population previously recorded from an undisturbed area in the Labrador nature reserve no longer persists, for unknown reasons.)
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (In Fiji, this species is known as  'Koukoutagane' and is used to treat male reproductive ailments. The rhizomes  are also gathered for folk medicine in Southern Thailand. )
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Poor Infertile Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Disease / Pest Resistant
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Coastal
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Propagation Method :
      Spore, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Green - Light Green, Silver / Grey
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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