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Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf"

Needle leaf Java fern

Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf"

Needle leaf Java fern

  • Extremely narrow ribbon-shaped leaves
  • Dense bushy growth habit
  • Rather dark green
  • Rarely available in trade
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Description

True "Needle Leaf" Java fern is relatively rare in the hobby and very hard to come by in trade. It has extremely narrow strap-shaped leaves that are only 3-5 mm wide and approx. 5-20(-30) cm long. It is a relatively slow grower, which makes it highly suitable for nano aquaria. Often Microsorum pteropus "Taiwan Narrow" is called "Needle Leaf" in the hobby, but it has wider, longer leaves than the true "Needle Leaf".

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

The vernacular name "needle leaf" obviously is used for (at least) two similar Java fern forms growing to different sizes. However, both forms alike have exceedingly narrow, band-like leaves of a medium to dark green colour with an undulate margin. The midrib is rather thick in comparison with leaf width, and on the underside of the leaf there are dark brown hirsute scales. The distance between the leaves on the rhizome is rather brief, and the roots remain relatively short.

The larger variety is also known under the name M. pteropus "Taiwan" and (erroneously) as "Narrow Leaf" (not identical with M. pteropus "Narrow" from the aquatic plant nursery Tropica). The leaves of adult plants are usually over 5 mm wide and reach a maximum width of around 2 cm and a length of 30 cm.
The smaller variety, also in trade under the name Microsorum spec. (read more)

Synonyms Microsorum pteropus ''True Needle Leaf'', Microsorum sp. ''Mini''
Misapplied names Microsorum brassii
Complete botanical name Microsórum ptéropus (Blume) Copeland
Family Polypodiaceae
Genus Microsorum
Difficulty very easy
Usage Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Growth slow
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 12°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Proliferating leaves, Proliferating roots, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Microsorum pteropus ''True Needle Leaf'', Microsorum sp. ''Mini''
Misapplied names
Microsorum brassii
Complete botanical name
Microsórum ptéropus (Blume) Copeland
Family
Polypodiaceae
Genus
Microsorum
Difficulty
very easy
Usage
Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Growth
slow
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 12°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Proliferating leaves, Proliferating roots, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0051.00
EAN
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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Uwe B.
sehr gute Qualität
30th April 2017
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion

Ich hatte davon 2 Portionen bei Aquasabi geordert. Diese wurden wirklich sehr schnell geliefert. Ein großes Lob an dieser Stelle. Und die Qualität der Pflanzen ist herausragend. (read more)

Sylvia F.
Sehr zu empfehlen
16th June 2017
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion

Ein sehr schöner Farn. Eine gute Portion die geliefert wurde. Was ich leider nicht so schön fand, das der Farn in blauen Filterschwamm eingewickelt war und durch diesen schon... (read more)

Thomas M.
TOP! mit kleinem "Aber..."
24th July 2014
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion
Microsorum pteropus "True Needle Leaf" - Portion

Die Pflanze ist in einem sehr guten Zustand angekommen. Kein Wunder, bei den kurzen Versandzeiten :) Aber leider war diese nicht schneckenfrei. (read more)