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Asplenium thunbergii


Asplenium thunbergii Kunze

Family Name: Aspleniaceae
Synonyms: Asplenium preussii ([Bory] Kunze)


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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 Indochina and West Malesia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Short, erect rhizome, up to 10 mm thick.
Foliage Fronds are tufted and more prolific near the apex. Lamina bipinnate to tripinnate, elliptic in outline, can grow up to 20 cm long. Stipes between 7 - 20 cm long, brown and minutely scaly.
Others - Plant Morphology Sori along veins, located further back half of the ultimate segments, indusia thin and firm.
Etymology Genus Asplenium means without spleen and is usually a reference for the fern to cure spleen ailments. Species thunbergii is named after Swedish physician and professor, Carl Per Thunberg (1743 - 1822).

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Spore


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Non - Foliar and Storage

Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground

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Master ID 29276
Species ID 3585
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.