Classifications and Characteristics
|Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
|Plant Growth Form
|Mode of Nutrition
|Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
|Fern with a creeping slender rhizome, bearing fronds closely together, able to grow up to 20 - 40 cm tall.
|Fronds are dimorphic, fertile frond blade measuring up to 30 cm long and stipe measuring about 30 - 50 cm long, infertile frond blade measuring up to 15 cm long and stipe measuring about 5 - 15 cm long.
|Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant
|Sori arranged linearly and submarginal, indusia is pale green in colour.
|Genus Pteris is from the Greek word "pteruc" which is the Greek name of a fern. Species ensiformis means having "sword-shaped" leaves.
|Medicinal: A decoction of the fronds is used to treat dysentery.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting
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.