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The Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) is a non-flowering plant in the Aspleniaceae family. It is also known as Nest Fern.

It is native to tropical south-eastern Asia, eastern Australia, Hawaii, Christmas Island, India, eastern Africa, and Polynesia.

It is epiphytic, living on a host palm tree.

It has large, simple, glossy, light-green leave, called fronds, measuring 50-150 centimetres (20-59 inches) long and 10-20 centimetres (4-8 inches) wide. The fronds have a black mid-rib along the length. The fronds curl at the tips.

It does not have seeds. Instead, it has spores. Spores develop in a cluster of long rows on the underside of the fronds.

Photographed at the Paris Botanical Garden, France, March 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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