Asplenium nidus

Bird’s Nest Fern grows epiphytically on the trunks of trees in the forests of tropical Asia and Polynesia. The undivided leaves, which may be more than 1 m (39 in) long, are arranged to form a kind of funnel or nest (Latin nidus means nest). Thir< enables it to catch humus and rainwater and direct them straight to the roots. The sori are clustered on the underside along the lateral veins, appearing to the casual glance like brownish-black parallel stripes.

This fern does well indoors. It requires a temperature of 20°-25°C (68°-77°F); the winter temperature should not fall below 18°C (64°F). Direct sunlight is harmful. Suitable compost is a mixture of leaf mould, peat and sand, with a pH of 5. Water liberally and mist regularly to maintain humidity at a level of at least 60 per cent. Propagate by sowing spores. Thev will soon germinate at a temperature of 22°C (72° F). Asplenium is very attractive if grown on an epiphyte stump in imitation of its natural habitat.

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