Bird’s Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus

The Bird’s Nest Fern is native to the rain forests of Asia, Africa, and Australia, which explains why high humidity is essential for it to thrive. A Bird’s Nest bears little resemblance to other ferns. This plant has long, erect, leathery, apple-green fronds that never split like those of a Kimberly or Maidenhair Fern. The wide rippled leaves emerge from a central rosette or crown that looks like a fuzzy brown funnel. When the new fronds first emerge they resemble little birds eggs, hence the nickname, Bird’s Nest Fern. It’s important never to get water on the crown since it rots easily. The tongue shaped fronds of a Bird’s Nest Fern are fragile so place it where the leaves will not be bumped. This unique attractive plant requires quite a bit of care and is not a good one for beginners.