from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of large epiphytic ferns, related to Asplenium, with simple, entire, broadly linear or lanceolate fronds from 2 to 6 feet long borne in crowns, with forked parallel veins running from the usually raised midrib nearly to the margin where their apices are connected by a continuous transverse vein. There are about 6 species, natives of Asia, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific. Several of these, including N. Nidus, are commonly cultivated. See bird's-nest fern.


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