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Microsorum punctatum (L.) Copel.

Family Name: Polypodiaceae
Common Name: 星蕨
Full Shade Semi Shade Little Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Native to Singapore Suitable for Hanging Baskets Indoor Plant Ferns and Lycophytes Epiphyte


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 Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Widespread in Old World Tropics from West Africa to Tahiti, northwards to South China and Southeast Asia
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Inland Cliff, Agricultural Land, Secondary Rainforest, Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Least Concern (LC))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Epiphytic or lithophytic rhizomatous fern with fronds up to 1.6 m in length.
Foliage Fronds leathery, pale - light green, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, measuring 1.6 m long by 15 cm wide. Mid-rib raised on both surfaces of the frond, light green. Other veins rather faint or obscure (in living specimens).
Others - Plant Morphology Sori small and round, scattered irregularly on undersurface of frond, measuring 0.2 cm long.
Etymology Genus Microsorum refers to the small-sized sori. Species punctatum means "with a pock-marked surface or spotted".

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
Thematic Landscaping Naturalistic Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade, [Remarks] (Does best if grown in semi shade, but will tolerate being grown in full sun, or in heavily shaded areas)
Water Preference Moderate Water, Little Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (This species is able to tolerate short periods of drought / dryness at the root zones, but will thrive in areas with good humidity and/or moisture levels.)
Propagation Method Spore, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery

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Master ID 31534
Species ID 5933
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Species record last updated on: 24 June 2022.