Drynaria sparsisora

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Drynaria sparsisora


Asia-Tropical: Lesser Sunda Is. present, Southeast Asia to Australia present
Southeast Asia to Australia. Throughout Malesia, but not known from the Lesser Sunda Islands.


Juvenile foliage fronds often have a somewhat dilated frond base. The narrow, needle-like acumen of the rhizome scales often disappears from old scales, leaving older parts of the rhizome completely covered by characteristic, short, dark, appressed scales and scale-bases. Juvenile specimens tend to have longer, more narrowly subulate acumens, which also appear to be absent from older parts. Although the scales are usually quite different from those of D. quercifolia, occasionally some more intermediate forms occur. Juvenile plants or specimens without rhizome may be impossible to identify with certainty.




Medicine for eyes; rhizome applied to snake bites (Philippines), used for ‘rat scare-crow’ (Philippines). Salakans use it to be invisible to evil ghosts inhabiting Ficus species. Children use the base fronds as kites (Java).


Racib. 1898: Pterid. Buitenzorg. p 118
Copel. 1961: Fern Fl. Philipp. p 497
Copel. 1911 – In: Philipp. J. Sc. Bot. p 91
Copel. 1947: Gen. Fil. p 204
Alderw. 1908: Malayan Ferns. p 699
Desv. 1827 – In: Mém. Soc. Linn. Paris. p 235
Holttum 1954 – In: Revis. Fl. Malaya. p 183
Copel. 1905: Polypod. Philipp. p 135
Bedd. 1883: Handb. Ferns Brit. India. p 343
Baker 1868 – In: Hook. & Baker, Syn. Fil. p 368
Copel. 1929 – In: Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. p 119
Alderw. 1924 – In: Nova Guinea. p 15
Brause 1920 – In: Bot. Jahrb. Syst. p 208
C. Chr. & Holttum 1934 – In: Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. p 315
Roos 1985: Drynarioideae. p 256
C. Chr. 1906: Ind. Fil. p 249