Thursday, January 25, 2007

the bird nest fern

The birds nest fern,Asplenium australasicum, is a epihyte fern which is common in the tropical rainforests of northern australia and nearby pacific islands. It has long simple radianting fronds that are an attractive light green. Like the soft tree fern its inverted umbrella shape of fronds helps collect and channelwater and leaf matter down onto its growing center.

Of all the plants in my garden it is this fern that likes the highest humidty. I expect this to be the best indicator plant of creataceous-like condition in my garden. However since it doesn't have a true ground penetrating root system it does not really give me a representative view of the saturation/driness of the soil.

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