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Useful Tropical Plants

Diplazium proliferum

(Lam.) Thouars

Woodsiaceae

+ Synonyms

Anisogonium attenuatum (C.Presl) C.Presl

Asplenium attenuatum C.Presl

Asplenium decussatum Sw.

Asplenium luzoniense Spreng.

Asplenium proliferum Lam.

Asplenium spinulosum (Blume) Mett.

Athyrium proliferum Milde

Athyrium ridleyi Copel.

Callipteris accedens (Blume) J.Sm.

Callipteris attenuata (C.Presl) C.Presl

Callipteris prolifera (Lam.) Bory

Callipteris spinulosa (Blume) J.Sm.

Digrammaria robusta Fée

Diplazium accedens Blume

Diplazium decussatum Hook.

Diplazium incisum K.Schum.

Diplazium repandum Blume

Diplazium serratum K.Schum.

Diplazium spinulosum Blume

Diplazium swartzii Blume

Elaphoglossum ornithoglossum Mickel

Common Name:

Diplazium proliferum
Frond with new young plants developing along the central stem
Photograph by: H. Zell
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Diplazium proliferum Diplazium proliferum

General Information

Diplazium proliferum is an evergreen fern producing fronds up to 1 metre tall from a short, erect rhizome that can become somewhat like a short trunk[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is widely grown as an ornamental, valued at least partly for its habit of producing bulbils along its fronds which then develop into new young plants[
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Title
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Widespread in tropical Africa, including Madagascar.

Habitat

Raphia thickets and marshes[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Fern
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young fronds - cooked[
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Occasionally eaten raw[
299
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Harvested before they have fully unfurled, and known as croziers or fiddleheads, they are eaten as a vegetable[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Bulbils - raw or cooked[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The aerial bulbs, produced on the midribs of the fronds, are cooked and eaten as a vegetable, or occasionally eaten raw in salads[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Spores - easy to reproduce[
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The bulbils produced on the fronds can be detached and placed in the soil for rooting, or they can be left on the plant to develop into plantlets which can be simply detached and planted[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
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