Microsorum thailandicum

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.

Microsorum thailandicum

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  • Name: Microsorum thailandicum Boonkerd & Noot
    Comon name: Blue oil fern, Blue Strap Fern, the Scarab Fern
    Type: Herbaceous perennial
    Form: Epiphyte or lithophyte
    Family: Polypodiaceae
    Native Range: peninsular Thailand
    Zone: 12 to 13
    Habitat: warm, very humid, shady tropical forest habitat
    Height: up to 30cm
    Spread: 30cm
    Sun: Part shade to full shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Medium
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: 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