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Microsorum thailandicum Boonkerd & Noot. L

Family Name: Polypodiaceae
Full Shade Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Epiphyte Lithophyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Epiphyte, Lithophyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Fronds leathery, strap like, 5-25cm long by 1-1.5cm wide, upper surface iridescent metallic blue in color. Under surface dull bluish green. Sporangia borne on the  under surface, on the upper 1/4 - 1/3 of the frond (towards the tip). 
Cultivation The iridescence appears to be more intense when the plant is grown under lower light conditions. 
Etymology The specific epithet refers to the country where this species was first discovered. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Skyrise / Balcony, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Fertilizing Feed regularly with a balanced fertilizer for foliage plants. 


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Blue, Green, Green - Bluish Green, Iridescent
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery

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Master ID 32030
Species ID 6433
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Species record last updated on: 24 July 2020.