pantropical, epiphytic fern colonises trees, rock faces and boulders
in humid, tropical rainforests.
The glossy green, thin, tongue-like fronds have wavy margins and a
prominent, almost black midrib.
They arise from a densely hairy crown in a radial fashion, somewhat
resembling a birds nest.
It requires warmth and ample humidity.
Asplenium australasicum is a very similar species, adapted to
slightly cooler conditions.
Cultivation: Hardiness varies greatly with the species, as does the
preferred growing environment. Most species prefer woodland
conditions with cool, moist, humus-rich soil and dappled shade.
A few species, however, need sunnier locations and are reasonably
tolerant of dry conditions.
Propagate by spores, by division of established clumps, removing
rooted pieces of rhizomes, or by growing on the frond-borne