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Lecanopteris sinuosa
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Lecanopteris sinuosa (Wall. ex Hook.) Copel., 1929

Species:L. sinuosa


Creeping fern with a fleshy, hollow rhizome of 1-1.5 cm thick, densely covered with circular scales 1-3 mm in diameter, pale with a dark centre and attached at a central point. Inside the hollow rhizome lives ants. There are two rows of fronds about 1.5 cm apart attached to swollen conical bases about 1 cm high. Stipe is 2-7 cm long, frond simple, oblong to linear, 15-30 x 1.5-2.5 cm, base narrow and apex rounded. Veins not visible on the surface of the frond. Sterile fronds shorter than fertile; sori are large and in a single row on each side of the midrib, sunk in well defined, elliptic cavities that project out on the upper surface. Sori 3-5 mm at greatest width.

Read more about the Polypodiales order.
Read more about the Polypodiaceae family.

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General Biology

Epiphytic on trees.

Life Cycle

For an account of the life history of a fern, see Pyrrosia piloselloides.


de Winter, W. P. & V. B. Amoroso (eds.), 2003. Plant resources of South-East Asia No. 15(2). Cryptogams: Ferns and fern allies. Prosea Foundation, Borgor, Indonesia. 268 pp.

Holttum, R. E., 1966. A revised flora of Malaya. II Ferns of Malaya. Govt. Printing Office, Singapore (2nd ed.). 653 pp.

Wee, Y. C., 2005. Ferns of the tropics. Times Editions-Marshall Cavendish, Singapore. 2nd ed. 190 pp.

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