It was a day to have a potential last look at some beautiful old seawalls before they are torn down by the MRT development at Marine Parade Road but turned out to be a surprised encounter with a rare fern called Nephrolepis acutifolia. Thank you, Stuart Lindsay, for pointing out my initial mistaken identification. It can be found on a rain tree at Marine Parade Road and a few locations such as Portsdown and SBG. Considered as an endangered species in Singapore.
|old seawall and gate|
|old seawall and steps|
|old ornated gate|
|Frond 1.5 to 2m long.|
|Sorus marginal; indusium running almost the entire length of both adaxial and abaxial margin of pinna.|
|Can you see the sporangia peeping out from the knife edge of the margin?|
|Brown non-persistent scales at the base of stipes|
|Long slender stipes|
|Stipe and rachis grooved above|
|Wiry roots with green tips|
|Rain tree festooned with ferns|
|Young fern destined for Chek Jawa for planting|
Seriously! I can't tell a different from other ferns if you do not point out! OMG!
This is Nephrolepis acutifolia, not Lindsaea heterophylla which is a small terrestrial fern.
Thank you Stuart. You are correct.
The "wiry root" is not a root, but rather a runner, which is one way it propagates.
Hi, is this fern still around? Like to take a look but there's lots of MRT construction. Not sure which rain tree and hope it is still there. Thanks
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