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Tectaria singaporeana (Hook. & Grev.) Copel

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Filicophyta
Class:Pteridopsida
Order:Polypodiales
Family:Dryopteridaceae
Genus:Tectaria
Species:T. singaporeana
Status:Common

Description

The rhizome is erect and attains a height of 10 cm, bearing a tuft of fronds at the top. The fronds are simple, with a stipe of 20-25 cm long and lamina of 30-40 x 7-12 cm. The fertile fronds have a longer stipe of about 50 cm and lamina of 30 x 7 cm. They stand up distinctly on their longer stipe in the middle of the sterile fronds that spread and curve out. The sori are small, round, indusiate and in rows of up to 6 on either side of the coast.

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

Distribution

Thailand and Western Malesia.

Localities

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Forests.

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General Biology

This is a forest fern and is not found in open areas.

Life Cycle

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

Human Uses

This fern has potential as a garden ornamental.

References

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.

Parris, B. S., R. Khew, R. C. K. Chung, L. G. Saw & E. Soepadmo (eds.), 2010. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia. Series I: Ferns and Lycophytes. Vol. 1. Malayan Forest records No. 48. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, Kepong. 249 pp.

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

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