elegant species is widely distributed in rainforests of tropical
Asia and the South Pacific. It features small, shiny, lacquered
leaves that line the long, pendent stems in 4 rows. In this and many
related species the ends of the stems branch into groups of fine,
elongated strobili-like green tassels, earning this group the name
tassel ferns. They form large clumps of hanging stems that make them
suited to basket culture.
Hardiness zone from 11 To 12
Cultivation: Only the epiphytic species are cultivated to any
extent, mainly by fern enthusiasts. Outdoors in the tropics they
prefer part-shade and a permanently moist niche in the fork of a
tree. Elsewhere they require a greenhouse or conservatory maintained
at high humidity, and can make dramatic specimens in hanging
baskets. Hang in positions with some air movement; they are
sensitive to excess water around the roots. Propagate from cuttings
or by layering fertile stem tips.