Heiko Muth (2012)

Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Background, Midground
Difficulty: very easy
Growth: slow
See also: Microsorum pteropus "Needle Leaf" , Microsorum pteropus "Taiwan"
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Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
  • epiphyte or epilith
  • fern
Botanical name [?]: Microsórum ptéropus (Blume) Copeland

Major group (unranked): Ferns (Monilophytes)
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Microsorum


Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' is a narrow-leaved relatively small Java fern variety. However, several forms of M. pteropus can be found in the hobby, all of which go under that name. One of them is also called "Needle Leaf", which has lead to the general opinion that 'Narrow' and "Needle Leaf" are identical. However, the fern carried under the variety name 'Narrow' by Tropica is not the same as "Needle Leaf".

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References and further reading:
  1. Muth, H. (2013): Narrow-, Needle-, Mini- oder Taiwan-Javafarn: was ist was? - Flowgrow, Aquascaping News (http://aquascaping.flowgrow.de/item/190-narrow-needle-mini-oder-taiwan-javafarn-was-ist-was, accessed 18 June 2014)
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