Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium australasicum

''Asplenium australasicum'' is a species of epiphytic fern in the Aspleniaceae family found in Australasia. Common names include bird's nest fern and crow's nest fern.
Bird’s nest fern - Asplenium australasicum  Asplenium australasicum,Australia,Bird's Nest Fern,Geotagged,Spring

Appearance

''Asplenium australasicum'' grows as shrubby plant, with a rosette of yellow-green fronds which are 60 to 80 cm long and 3 to 21 cm wide. It can be distinguished from ''A. nidus'' by its prominent midrib under its fronds, giving the fronds a keeled appearance. The spores form in parallel lines which run in parallel with the veins and oblique to the midrib.
Birds’s nest fern - Asplenium australasicum  Asplenium australasicum,Australia,Geotagged,Winter

Distribution

''A. australasicum'' grows on rocks or as an epiphyte on trees and is native to eastern New South Wales and Queensland. The clumps can reach a large size, with the centre of the fern acting as a reservoir for debris. The colonial botanist William Woolls wrote "... as a caution to fern gatherers, sometimes a species of black snake coils itself up in the centre" .

Habitat

''A. australasicum'' grows on rocks or as an epiphyte on trees and is native to eastern New South Wales and Queensland. The clumps can reach a large size, with the centre of the fern acting as a reservoir for debris. The colonial botanist William Woolls wrote "... as a caution to fern gatherers, sometimes a species of black snake coils itself up in the centre" .

Uses

Apart from its use as an ornamental plant, bird's nest fern is also a popular vegetable in Taiwan, particularly in the Eastern part of the island where the young emerging fronds are used as a leafy vegetable, from both wild and cultivated plants. The fronds are now also gaining in popularity elsewhere because of the pleasant texture and taste.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPolypodiophyta
ClassPolypodiopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAspleniaceae
GenusAsplenium
SpeciesA. australasicum
Photographed in
Australia