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Asplenium viviparum


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

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 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
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils
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
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.