Asplenium nidus Linn.

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Asplenium nidus

Scientific name: Asplenium nidus Linn.

Common name: Pakpak-lauin (Tag.); dapo (in many Philippine dialects); birds’-nest fern (Engl.)

Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Pteridophyta
Class: Filicopsida
Family: Aspleniaceae
Species: Asplenium nidus L.

Description: Broad and numerous leaves radiate from the center of the plant, which gives it the apperance of a nest. They spread or ascend narrowly to broadly lanceolate, 40 to 120 centimeters long, 6 to 20 centimeters wide. The numerous sori reach from the midrib about halfway to the margins.

Habitat: It is common at Philippine forests at low and medium altitudes.

Distribution: It is a native of tropical countries. It is also grown extensively in America and Europe as an ornament.

Economic importance/Medicinal value: The fern is sold and cultivated as a hanging plant. It is also used as a depurative and sedative.




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