Ampelopteris prolifera

Species: Ampelopteris prolifera

English Name: Prolific Ampelopteris

Chinese Name: 星毛蕨

Family: Thelypteridaceae


This fern grows up to 1m in height, with a long creeping rhizome with a diameter of 1cm. Its scales are black, triangular and entire.

It is found in China, and other tropical and subtropical areas of the globe, excepting the Americas. Commonly it’s distributed among grass, sedges on river banks, ponds or lakes.

Its young fronds are eaten as vegetables.

© 2012 Petra Ballings

© 2012 Petra Ballings

© 2012 Petra Ballings

© 2012 Petra Ballings



–  Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science 2005. Flora of Macao (Volume 1). Macao, SAR: Author