Asplenium australasicum - Bird's Nest Fern
Family: Aspleniaceae

This magnificent fern bears fronds up to 2m in length and often supports other epiphytic ferns amongst its leaf bases and roots.
It occurs in colonies on rocks or on the branches of large trees.
Short parallel lines of spore-carrying sori decorate the lower leaf surface.
The leaf base tapers abruptly into a very short stalk, and the midrib below is strongly keeled.
Typical of many epiphytes, it is adapted to periodic drying out and will recover quickly after rain even if the leaves have wilted and lost their gloss.
It grows in most rainforest types and nearby eucalypt forest, from sea-level to at least 1200m.

Propagated from spores.