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Pappe's Wart Fern

Microsorum pappei

Microsorum pappei - Botanischer Garten Freiburg - DSC06285 by Daderot (CC0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity

Pappe's Wart Fern Overview

Microsorum pappei has a widely creeping rhizome up to 3 mm in diameter, with fronds spaced about 30 mm apart. The leaf stalk grows up to 120 mm long, and the glabrous, simple, narrowly elliptic lamina is up to 370 x 80 mm. The circular sori are 1.5 to 2.5 mm in diameter, and occur half-way between the midrib and the margin in one or two rows on either side of the costa. The species is not available in the trade, but should it become available, it must be grown in light to deep shade in an environment with a high humidity. The species should be grown in a loose, well-drained medium that should always be kept moist. The species is named after K.W.L. Pappe, the first colonial botanist at the Cape. The species is rare throughout its distribution, occurring from Madagascar to Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In South Africa, it is known from only a very restricted area in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands occurring in upland, moist, evergreen forests at about 750 mm above sea level.

Common problems with Pappe's Wart Fern

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Pappe's Wart Fern

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Pappe's Wart Fern




    Divide plants in Spring when in active growth.

    Special features of Pappe's Wart Fern

    Attractive leaves