Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern (Square)

Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern is one of the rare species of Lycopodium found around Malaysia. This particular species was bought around Terengganu along the trunk roads from a local villager who sold many types of this species. I was quite thrilled to encounter such a rare species like this in good condition. The vendor also had re-potted the paku pakis tali kasut (Shoe String Fern) carefully while young baby shoots were seen sprouting. Price for this fern I paid back in 2005 was about RM30 a pot. These days, I hardly see any of these types around too.

Among the many types of ferns I collect, some of my favorites are the Ekor Kuching Fern, Tanduk Kijang Fern and Staghorn Fern or Tanduk Rusa. If you travel to the East Coast of Malaysia and want to find plants like these, you need to use the old roads. Best time is around morning till late afternoons. The plant I bought grew for about 5 years and when I left overseas, it was not cared for and eventually died. As I travel frequently nowadays, I am now looking for more of this Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 by David Jr · 1

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern

Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern from Malaysia. I grew ferns like this over 10 years ago and some of them are still quite healthy. These kind of ferns can be found around Malaysia but mostly in the mid highlands or east coast of Malaysia. There are a few species of this Lycopodium Squarrosum which is locally called Ekor Kuching or Cats Tail. While some people also call them Ekor Tupai (Squirrels Tail), they are usually sold in small bunches. The larger matured bunches can cost in the hundreds of ringgit from dealers at plant nurseries in the city.

Lycopodium Squarrosum or Tassel Fern (Ekor Kuching) in Malaysia

One of the way to buy these ferns cheap is while driving along the old trunk roads in Malaysia to Cameron Highlands or Terengganu, you may see some locals selling them by the roadsides. Some of the ferns I have managed to get during my trips are Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern and Staghorn Tanduk Rusa Fern. You have the option of bargaining with the vendors for your price. The Lycopodium Squarrosum or Tassel Fern is a beautiful fern which needs shaded care. Do not expose the plant to direct sunlight. Watering of these ekor kuching are also limited. Do not over water the ferns or they will drown out and die. Best care is putting them under shade and watering them every other day. Plant them in coconut fiber too. Do not use any modern fertilizers on them too. These also grow in Borneo, Indonesia and also Thailand. Due to the heat wave a couple of years ago, most of my plants died and I only have one more Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern left in my care.

Friday, September 9, 2011 by David Jr · 0

Monday, September 5, 2011

Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia

Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia. This picture was taken at the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) in Sepilok, Sandakan. Growing freely on one of the trees here, I was attending the Borneo Bird Watching Festival when I noticed the Platycerium Ridleyii or Tanduk Kijang as it is locally known. Usually I just see the common Staghorn Fern Platycerium (Tanduk Rusa) around. The local name comes from the deer species as the fern looks like the deers antlers according to Malaysians. Once there used to be a dealer for staghorns in the outskirts of the city but since these ferns are hard to maintain, he eventually stopped selling them. 

These days, you can buy staghorn ferns in Malaysia from the local indigenous people along some of the trunk roads and this is seasonal. But bare in mind that some of the rare species are hard to maintain so much research and care needs to be put into looking after these species. If you like these kind of plants, you can find a number of the Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia.

Monday, September 5, 2011 by David Jr · 0