Microsorum pustulatum (Syn. M. diversifolium) Kangaroo Paw Fern

Microsorum pustulatum-Kangaroo Paw Fern Fern on 9-3-09, #31-33.

Kangaroo Paws Fern

Microsorum pustulatum



Microsorum diversifolium
Polypodium diversifolium

Microsorum pustulatum (G.Forst.) Copel. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of fern. It was named and described as such by Edward Bingham Copeland in Genera Filicum in 1947. It was first named Polypodium pustulatum G.Forst. by Johann Georg Adam Forster in Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus in 1786.

The synonym, Microsorum diversifolium (Willd.) Copel., was named and described by Edward Bingham Copeland in University of California Publications in Botany in 1929. It was originally named Polypodium diversifolium Willd. by Carl Ludwig Willdenow in Species Plantarum, 4th Edition, in 1810.

The name Microsorum diversifolium is still widely used by the industry and usually what you see on plant labels for the Kangaroo Paws Fern. Both names were listed as unresolved in The 2013 version of The Plant List.


Microsorum pustulatum (Kangaroo Paw Fern) on 9-22-11, #80-12.

This is one of several plants Dr. Skinner bought before she passed on March 2009. The Kangaroo Paw Fern is very easy to grow. The links below provide much information about the species and growing tips.


Microsorum pustulatum (Kangaroo Paw Fern) in the west sunroom at the mansion in Mississippi on 10-24-11, #83-11.


Family: Polypodiaceae
Origin: New Zealand, Australia
Zones: USDA Zones (° F)
Size: 10-12” plus tall
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Average. Soil should not dry out very long.


Microsorum pustulatum (Kangaroo Paw Fern) on 8-12-12, #115-64.

The Microsorum pustulatum was a very easy fern to grow and I had absolutely no problems with it. Unfortunately, when I sold the mansion and moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013, I couldn’t take it with me. I left it with a good friend and fellow plant collector. Maybe someday I will purchase another.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.


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