Asplenium australasicum (Smith) Hook.

Large, usually epiphytic fern with simple, stiff, erect, bright green fronds arranged in a circular form to resemble a large bird’s nest.  [RHSD, Hortus, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1820 from the East Indies as Asplenium nidus.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Macarthur wrote to Loddiges’ nursery on 1st February, 1849: ‘I brought up a quantity of Arborescent Ferns and Coryphas from Illawarra more than six months since but none of them are strong enough to bear the voyage yet.  The supply I send now of the latter will probably be sufficient until the others are fit.  I will fit in a collection of Ferns from Illawarra but it would greatly assist me if you could send me a list of known sps. which you wish to get and a second list of those you have in abundance.  Some of the finest such as Asplenium nidus [Bird’s Nest fern], Acrostichum alcicorne [Elk’s Horn] etc are natives of other parts of the world as well and you have them I do not doubt.’  [MP A2933-1, p.185].


The form of Asplenium nidus L. growing in Australia is now regarded by most as a separate species, Asplenium australasicum (Smith) Hook.

Published Feb 11, 2009 - 02:00 PM | Last updated Sep 01, 2010 - 05:41 PM

More details about Asplenium australasicum (Smith) Hook.
Family Aspleniaceae
Region of origin

Asia to Australia

  • Asplenium nidus L.
  • Neottopteris nidus (L.) J.C.Smith
Common Name

Birds-nest fern

Name in the Camden Park Record

Asplenium nidus 

Confidence level high