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Asplenium longissimum

Family Name: Aspleniaceae
Synonyms: Asplenium longicauda
Common Name: Spleenwort
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Native to Singapore ferns and allies Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Southeast Asia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Common)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Terrestrial fern, short rhizome measuring about 5 mm wide, densely scaly.
Foliage Stipes measuring about 20 cm long, lamina measuring about 1 - 2 m long. pinnate, rachis usually scaly with narrow scales on the upper surface.
Etymology Genus Asplenium means without spleen and is usually a reference for the fern to cure spleen ailments. Species longissimum refers to the fern's character of having very long fronds.

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Spore


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

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Master ID 244
Species ID 1540
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.