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Drymoglossum piloselloides (L.) Presl

Woodlands Park, Apr Brown spores on the fertile frond. This small creeping fern is an ephiphyte, that is, it usually grows on trees and not on the ground.

It is sometimes seen coating branches of trees in an armour of drymoglossim scales. Its Malay name is ‘ Sisek naga ‘ which means ‘dragon scales’. It is not only found in mangroves but also in old trees in other ecosystems.


According to Giersen, it is one of the most common epiphytic ferns in the lowlands of Southeast Asia and found up to 1,m in altitude. A fern with small round pilosellkides glossy fronds about 1cm across without stalks.

Drymoglossum piloselloides – fern seeds

Sometimes also more oval in shape. These are the sterile fronds. The fronds bearing spores fertile leaves are long and narrow cm long and held on a stalk. Sometimes the tips are branching. The thin stems are covered by scales and there are minute star-shaped hairs on the underside of drmyoglossum frond.

All these help to conserve water. Role in the habitat: These tough little ferns pave the way for less hardy ferns to settle on the dry trunks and branches of trees by creating more conducive micro-habitats.

According to Giersen, the leaves are used to treat rashes, whilst a decoction is used in a lotion for smallpox, and used in a poultice for headaches. Dragon scales on Singapore shores. Photos of Dragon scales for free download from wildsingapore flickr.


Drymoglossum piloselloides – Wikidata

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map. Polypodiaceae by Lee Saeyun,on taxo The Singapore Science Centre.

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