Asplenium bulbiferum Mother fern

Epithet means "with bulbils"

Evergreen, 2 to 4 ft. (60 to 120 cm). Zones 9 and 10.

description: The rhizome is erect. Stipes of two-toned green and brown are one-third the length of the frond. Ovate blades are variable bipinnate to tripinnate with families of ready-to-root babies on the upper frond surface. Sori with matching indusia are singular on the segments.

range and habitat: Mother fern grows in most of Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. it prefers deeply shaded damp to evenly moist sites.

culture and comments: Outside of warmer areas, this species is popularly encountered as a houseplant with pots beckoning for adoption wherever ferns are offered for sale. it is easy to grow, and prefers low light and an evenly moist soil. The plentifully produced bulbils root themselves in moist compost and they keep on coming.

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