This genus is common to the tropics and subtropics of Africa,
Southeast Asia and Australia, The 15 species are epiphytic ferns
with hanging, spore-bearing divided leaves, which may be 6 ft (1.8
They are valued for their dramatic appearance.
Cultivation: They can be grown as epiphytes by tying them onto
boards that are then attached to a trellis or tree, or grown in
The sterile nest leaves catch leaf litter and other vegetable matter
so that the roots eventually grow into the debris and are protected
The base of the plants should be kept moist.
Fertilize with blood and bone or old manure.
Propagate by division .
Watch for beetles and moths.