Bird's Nest Fern
Synonyms: Asplenium nidus
Also called crow's nest fern. The commonly grown species is Asplenium australasicum but is still widely known as Asplenium nidus (The true A. nidus is not commonly cultivated.)
There are many other Asplenium species whch have a more typical fern-like growth habit and appearence. check the general Ferns page for more about other ferns.
The Bird's Nest Fern is a useful plant for shady areas. To much sun may bleach or burn the leaves. Being naturally an epiphyte or lithophyte, it's good for growing under trees where few other plants can compete with tree roots. Fallen tree feaves will help sustain the fern.
The dramatic form works well with a modern garden style as well as a more naturalistic rainforest garden.
It would look good seen from above, placed in a garden at the foot of a deck, for example. Can reach a considerable diameter when mature, so make sure its placed a suitable distance from pathways, walls, etc.