Classifications and Characteristics
|Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
|Plant Growth Form
|Mode of Nutrition
|Tropical & Subtropical Africa and Asia to Pacific islands, naturalised in many countries such as USA (Florida) and Puerto Rico.
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
|Terrestrial fern up to 2m tall.
|Rachis (stalk of frond) to 1.5m, occasionally longer, green flushed with red or purplish red. Fronds tripartite, middle branch deeply bipinnatifid, to 100cm long by 25cm wide; lateral branches as long as middle branch, each branch with 15-30 pairs of pinnae.
|Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant
|Sori continuous along each side of the lobes, only on the lower two-thirds not reaching the apex of the lobes; not
|Genus Pteris is from the Greek word "pteruc" which is the Greek name of a fern. Species tripartita means "divided into three segments" and is made reference to the pinnae arrangement on the fronds.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
|Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Focal Plant, Container Planting
Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal
|Seed or Spore Dispersal
Plant Care and Propagation
|Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
|Moist Soils, Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Mature Foliage Texture(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.