This is a fern in the traditional sense, with creeping rhizomes that send up graceful, deeply divided fronds, which can be as long as 30 x 12 in. (75 x 30 cm wide). Each is divided into 2—3 oval to lance-shaped pinnae, which have short, coarse hairs on the veins.
The pinnae are divided into 8 x 1 ½ in. (20 x 4 cm) pinnules, which are oblong with a notch at the tip, and toothed or lobed along the edges. The leafstalks are up to 14 in. (35 cm) long and covered with coarse hairs. Microlepia comes from tropical Asia. M.s. ‘Cristata’ has fronds with lobed pinnae, crested at the tips, giving an unusual effect.
Size: Height to 3 ft. (90 cm).
Light: Indirect sunlight or partial shade.
Temperature: Normal room.
Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall, drier in winter.
Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer once a month from spring to fall.
Propagation: Divide rhizomes in spring or sow spores at 70°F (20°C).
Special needs: To maintain the high humidity this plant requires, mist regularly or place the pot on a tray of moist pebbles.