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Dicranopteris subpectinata


Dicranopteris subpectinata (Christ) C.M.Kuo

Family Name: Gleicheniaceae
Synonyms: Dicranopteris linearis var. subpectinata (Christ) Holttum, Dicranopteris warburgii (Christ) Nakai, Gleichenia subpectinata Christ, Gleichenia warburgii Christ

Dicranopteris subpectinata is a fern native to Singapore. This terrestrial fern has long-creeping rhizomes and foliage with unequal branching. Its ultimate branch bears deeply lobed pinnatifid leaflets with pale, greyish blue underside. The sori are round, arranged on either sides of the blade. Given its fast-growing nature, it can quickly form large dense bushes known as thickets in exposed sites.


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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Fern)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Native Distribution Andaman Islands, Borneo, Malaya, Maluku, Philippines, Sumatra, Taiwan, Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Disturbed Area / Open Ground, Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest, Riverine)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Least Concern (LC))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a terrestrial fern with creeping rhizomes which forms thickets, large dense bushes easily.
Foliage The foliage branch out several times, each fork alternately with unequal branching. The ultimate branch measures about 9 - 15 cm long, 2 - 3.5 cm wide bears a deeply lobed, pinnatifid leaflet. The underside are pale, greyish blue, veins slightly raised on both sides.
Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant The sori are round, produced on either sides of the leaf blade in a single line.
Others - Plant Morphology The rhizomes are long-creeping, covered in hairs.
Habitat Occurs at edges of forest, in thickets, from sea level up to 700 m.
Cultivation It can be propagated by spores, rhizome cuttings or division.

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast to Moderate
Propagation Method Spore, Storage Organ (Rhizome)


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Bluish Green
Foliar Type Compound (Even-Pinnate)
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Linear, Oblong)
Foliar Margin Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate, Retuse, Rounded
Foliar Base Attenuate

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Herbaceous
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)
Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground (Rhizome)


References Holttum, R.E. (1959). Dicranopteris. In: Holttum, R.E. (ed.) Gleicheniaceae. Flora Malesiana, ser. 2, Pteridophyta, vol. 1, pt. 1, pp. 35. Leiden: Rijksherbarium.

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Master ID 34283
Species ID 8696
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Species record last updated on: 15 March 2023.