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Cibotium barometz


Cibotium barometz (L.) J.Sm.

Family Name: Cibotiaceae
Common Name: Golden Chicken Fern, Paku Ayam Mas, Bulu Pusi, Woolly Fern, 金毛狗


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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 China and South East Asia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large, slow growing fern growing up to 1 m tall.
Roots Rhizome stout or stump-like, densely covered with golden brown hairs.
Foliage Fronds can grow up to 1.5 - 2 m long, 2-pinnate pinnatifid.
Stems Stipe can grow up to 1 m long or more.
Etymology Genus Cibotium "means "little box" and refers to the sporangia. Species barometz is from the Tartar word "barants' and refers to the woolly rhizome of the fern.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Storage Organs
Medicinal: Rhizomes and roots were reportedly collected and used for treatment of ulcers, rheumatism and coughs. 

Landscaping Features

Landscape Uses 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, Acidic (low pH) Soils
Propagation Method Spore


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

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Master ID 29507
Species ID 3816
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Species record last updated on: 22 November 2023.