Microsorum thailandicum Boonkerd & Noot is an epiphytic fern with stunning, iridescent foliage. Fronds are leathery, strap like, upper surface iridescent metallic blue in color. Under surface dull bluish green. Sporangia borne on the under surface, on the upper 1/4 - 1/3 of the frond (towards the tip).
The genus "Microsorum" is derived from the Greek word for small ("mikros") and the spore-containing structure known as sorus. It refers to the small sori of Microsorum punctatum which is the type species of this genus.
- Name: Microsorum thailandicum Boonkerd & NootComon name: Blue oil fern, Blue Strap Fern, the Scarab FernType: Herbaceous perennialForm: Epiphyte or lithophyteFamily: PolypodiaceaeNative Range: peninsular ThailandZone: 12 to 13Habitat: warm, very humid, shady tropical forest habitatHeight: up to 30cmSpread: 30cmSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: MediumMaintenance: MediumLeaf: EvergreenTolerate: Heavy Shade
Taxon identifiers: NCBI taxonomy ID : 504317; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 4024267; IPNI plant ID : 20002929-1; eBiodiversity ID : 453491; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:20002929-1
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded