Asplenium antiquum

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Asplenium antiquum
Asplenium-nidus.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
(disputed)
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Aspleniaceae
Genus: Asplenium
Species: A. antiquum
Binomial name
Asplenium antiquum
Makino

Asplenium antiquum is a fern of the group known as bird's-nest ferns. In Japanese it is known by ō-tani-watari and tani-watari.[1]

Distribution[edit]

The fern is native to temperate East Asia, in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan on cliffs, dark forests, and tree trunks.[1][2] It is an IUCN endangered species in its native habitats.[1]

Description[edit]

Asplenium antiquum is an evergreen fern, 2–3 ft. (60–90 cm).[2] It has bright green, arching blades with a pointed end and a strong midrib.[2] Asplenium antiquum can readily be distinguished from the closely related Asplenium nidus by its fronds of uniform width.

Cultivation[edit]

The fern is commonly available in the plant nursery trade as an ornamental plant in subtropical climates, and a house plant in the United States and Europe in zones 9 and 10. It requires high humidity and bright indirect light, so does best in a greenhouse or terrarium if grown indoors.[2] It needs minimal watering and minimal soil (similar to an orchid).[2]

Chemical composition[edit]

Mearnsetin 3,7-dirhamnoside, a glycoside of the flavonol mearnsetin, can be found in A. antiquum.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Asplenium antiquum information from NPGS/GRIN . accessed 11.30.2011
  2. ^ a b c d e Olsen, Sue. Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns. 2007.
  3. ^ Mearnsetin 3,7-dirhamnoside from Asplenium antiquum. Mizuo Mizuno, Yosuke Kyotani, Munekazu Iinuma, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Hiroyuki Kojima and Kunio Iwatsuki, Phytochemistry, Volume 30, Issue 8, 1991, pages 2817-2818, doi:10.1016/0031-9422(91)85158-V

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