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Dicranopteris linearis var. linearis


Dicranopteris linearis (Burm.f.) Underw. var. linearis

Family Name: Gleicheniaceae
Synonyms: Gleichenia linearis var. grandis Christ
Common Name: Resam, Bengkawang, 芒萁


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Classifications and Characteristics

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


Native Distribution Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Secondary Rainforest)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Least Concern (LC))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large fern, sprawling up to 3 metres, has characteristic forking stems growing along the ground with compound stalked fronds. The main rachis is divided into two distinct rachis branches and further divided 3 - 4 times. 
Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant Trilete-shaped spores in sporangia which lack indusia, sporangia are found on the underside of lobes of the ultimate two branches.
Etymology Genus Dicranopteris means two-branched. Species linearis means narrow and parallel-sided and this refers to the fronds.
Ethnobotanical Uses Medicinal: In Malaysia, the crushed leaves are applied as a poultice to control fever. In Indochina, the plant has been used to expel intestinal worms
Timber & Products: Stems can be used to make caps, fish nets or mattings 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Hedge / Screening, Groundcover, Slope Stabilization

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Rootzone Tolerance Drought Tolerant, Poor Infertile Soils, Heavy Clay Soils, Easy to Grow
Propagation Method Spore


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

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Master ID 251
Species ID 1547
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Species record last updated on: 31 October 2022.