Classifications and Characteristics
|Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
|Plant Growth Form
|Mode of Nutrition
|Pantropical, Southeast Asia, Australia, North and South America, the Pacific islands
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Local Conservation Status
|Native to Singapore (Least Concern (LC))
Description and Ethnobotany
|Ascending to sub-erect fern, sometimes having a few fronds drooping.
|Fern blade is large and measuring between 1 - 1.5 m long and 30 - 40 cm wide, lanceolate and narrowing towards the base and apex, stipes measuring about 40 - 60 cm long.
|Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant
|Sori round and arranged in one row nearer to margin, indusia kidney-shaped and glabrous, measuring about 1.5 mm wide.
|Genus Nephrolepis means "kidney-scale" and refers to the shape of the indusia of the sori. Species biserrata means double-toothed and refers to the leaf margin of the fern.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal
|Seed or Spore Dispersal
Plant Care and Propagation
|Plant Growth Rate
|Fast to Moderate
|Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.