Didymochlaena truncatula

Mahogany maidenhair fern

Didymochlaena truncatula

Mahogany maidenhair fern

  • Large, slow-growing fern
  • Red-brown shoots, later green
  • Loves shade
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Didymochlaena truncatula, also known as the mahogany fern, is an impressive plant with a wide distribution area that stretches from Malesia to South America. This fern is fascinating not only because of its graceful, double-pinnate leaves, which change from a deep red-brown colour to a vivid green, but also because of its impressive size. The fern can reach a diameter of up to 2 metres, with individual fronds reaching a length of 1 metre. Despite its size, the growth process of the mahogany fern is relatively slow. The small fronds are reminiscent of those of a striped fern (Asplenium), but in contrast to these sensitive plants, Didymochlaena truncatula proves to be significantly more robust and adaptable to the typical conditions of a living space.

Due to its stately size and slow growth rate, the mahogany fern can be kept in terrariums, but it quickly reaches a size that is too large for most terrariums. Nevertheless, it offers an incomparable aesthetic appearance and is ideal as a specimen plant in large rooms or conservatories, where its magnificent, colour-changing leaves and robust nature come into their own. The adaptability of Didymochlaena truncatula to different light conditions and its preference for high humidity make it an attractive choice for plant lovers looking for an exotic and low-maintenance addition to their home. Despite its potential size, the mahogany fern's air-purifying properties help to improve air quality and create a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing living environment.


Didymochlaena truncatula
Cultivation Options Terrestrial, epiphytic (tying up possible)
Growth Height Up to 2 metres in diameter, fronds up to 1 metre long
Temperature Approx. 12 - 22 °C
Humidity 65 - 85%
Light Requirement Bright, semi-shaded, no direct sunlight
Watering Soft, low-lime water; moderate and regular
Fertilisation Occasionally with orchid fertiliser during growth
Propagation Offsets or spores
Suitable for Tropical and rainforest terrariums, protection from direct sunlight
Special Features Elegant foliage; improves air quality
Cultivation Options
Terrestrial, epiphytic
Growth Height
Up to 2 metres in diameter
Approx. 12 - 22 °C
65 - 85 %
Light Requirement
Bright, semi-shaded
Soft, low-lime water; moderate and regular
Occasionally during growth
Offsets or spores
Suitable for
Tropical and rainforest terrariums
Special Features
Improves air quality, elegant foliage


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Weight 0,19 kg
Shipping weight 0,29 kg

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