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Asplenium viviparum L.f.

Family Name: Aspleniaceae
Common Name: Mother Fern
Full Shade Semi-Shade Lots of Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage ferns and allies


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It grows to a height of up to 60 cm tall and spreads up to 90 wide. 
Foliage Small aerial plantlets are formed on the midribs of the mother's foliage, older leaflets are pinnately lobed while younger leaflets are curved, petioles green. 
Stems Erect stems, rarely long creeping.
Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant Spores are uniform.
Etymology The genus Asplenium means without spleen, which refers to the oblong or liner sori (spore cluster) arranged along the fronds. The specific epithet viviparum means producing plantlets on the parent plant.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water
Propagation Method Viviparious Propagule


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green - Light Green

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Master ID 31477
Species ID 5874
Species record last updated on: 17 May 2019.