Asplenium antiquum 'Osaka'

Family Name: Aspleniaceae
Common Name: Japanese Bird's-Nest Fern
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage ferns and allies Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1 m


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status 1 Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rosette-forming fern up to 1 m wide.
Foliage Strap-like leaves have ruffled edges. The midrib is roundish above the leaf surface and rounded below. 
Etymology Genus Asplenium means without spleen and is usually a reference for the fern to cure spleen ailments. Osaka is a trade name for this cultivar.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Spore


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Rosulate / Rosette
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Linear)
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate

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Master ID 32261
Species ID 6669
Species record last updated on: 17 May 2019.