A fern that looks similar to the more common Bird Nest Fern but has wavy "lasagna-like" leaves.
Ferns - Tropical
moderate to bright
Prefers evenly moist to approach dryness. It tolerates drier conditions but prefers higher humidity. Grows faster in more humid conditions
Soil & Site
Prefers a fibrous mix but tolerates average house.
Tolerates a wide temperature range but will grow faster in a warmer site, never below 40 degrees F.
This is a non-flowering plant and reproduces by spores.
The long, lanceolate, shiny fronds radiate out from the center base of the plant forming a vase. The young fronds are lighter green than the final dark green color. Fronds have a wavy lasagna-like margin. If you look down into the plant it resembles a bird's nest.
The stem is a compressed crown located at the base of the plant and is very gnarled and looks like osmunda.
reaches 2-3 feet
With time the outer fronds will become tattered and should be removed. These outer fronds will last longer if the plant is free standing and not physically damaged. The drooping of these outside fronds may have evolved to protect the roots from the drying sun. The large leaves gather dust and need to be periodically cleaned.
Native to the islands of Antigua.
The scientific name for this plant has many flavors (syn A.nidus antiguum Osaka and A. nidus Osaka? )