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Microsorum Pteropus ‘bent wing’

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Microsorum pteropus 'Bent' or 'Bent Wing' is a variant of the popular aquarium plant Microsorum pteropus, commonly known as Java Fern. Java Fern belongs to the family Polypodiaceae and is native to Southeast Asia, where it is found growing attached to rocks and driftwood in rivers and streams.

  1. Appearance: Microsorum pteropus 'Bent Wing' is a variation of Java Fern characterized by its uniquely shaped leaves. The leaves of 'Bent Wing' have a distinctive curved or bent appearance, which sets them apart from the typical straight leaves of regular Java Fern. The plant's rhizome, from which the leaves sprout, should be attached to rocks or driftwood rather than buried in the substrate.

  2. Growth Habit: Like other varieties of Java Fern, 'Bent Wing' is a slow-growing and low-maintenance plant. It grows best when attached to hard surfaces such as rocks or driftwood, using its rhizome to anchor itself. It can tolerate a wide range of water conditions and light levels, making it suitable for beginner aquarium hobbyists.

  3. Cultural Uses: Microsorum pteropus 'Bent Wing' is valued in the aquarium hobby for its unique appearance and ease of care. It is often used in aquascaping layouts to add texture and visual interest to the aquarium. The plant's bent leaves create a natural and organic look, making it an attractive choice for both novice and experienced aquarists.

  4. Propagation: Propagation of Microsorum pteropus 'Bent Wing' is relatively straightforward and can be achieved by dividing the rhizome. As the plant grows, it will produce new leaves and offshoots from the rhizome, which can be separated and attached to new surfaces to propagate additional plants. It is essential to avoid burying the rhizome in the substrate, as this can lead to rotting.