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Microsorum pteropus "Short Narrow Leaf"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Difficulty: very easy
Growth: slow
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Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially

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


There are several relatively short-growing, narrow-leaved varieties of Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus), among them "Short Narrow Leaf", which was only recently named. The leaves of this variety are usually shorter than those of M. pteropus 'Narrow', they are of comparable width, though. All in all, this is a relatively compact fern with rather thick rhizomes.

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