|Etymology||Genus||From Greek akros (terminal) and stichos (a row)|
|Species||Showy or spectacular|
|Common Names||Pointed Tip Mangrove Fern, Piai Laut|
|Native Distribution||Tropical Asia and Australia|
Acrostichum speciosum is one of the two species of terrestrial mangrove ferns found here, the other being Acrostichum aureum. They look very similar, but the former generally have smaller fronds but most importantly, their sterile frond is narrowly acuminate (tapering), while the other is abruptly rounded, truncated or shortly tipped.
The Mangrove Fern growing on mud lobster mounds in Pasir Ris Mangroves (2020).
Tapering ends of leaflets.
Alternate branching of leaflets.
Giesen W, Wulffraat S, Zieren M & Scholten L (2006) Mangrove guidebook for Southeast Asia. RAP Publication 2006/07. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Wetlands International. Bangkok. 769 pp.