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Bird's -Nest Fern

Bird's -Nest Fern
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-10
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-12 8:36
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Points: 24
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Bird's-nest ferns
This shot show the spores on the back of its leaf.
It is very dense a when touched it will stick to your fingers or shirt very well. It is said that asthmatic people will get the effect if the go too ner, as the spores may affect their breathing.

Bird's-nest ferns is a common name applied to several related species of ferns in the genus Asplenium. They grow in a tight, nest-like clump with a linguate leaf rosette and are usually epiphytic, growing in trees. Bird's-nest Fern may also be seen growing on rocks and they will grow in the ground, too.

The best-known species is A. nidus; others include A. australasicum (Crow's-nest Fern) and A. serratum (Wild Bird's-nest Fern).

Asplenium nidus (syn.: A. ficifolium Goldm., Thamnopteris nidus (L.) C. Presl., Neottopteris rigida Feé) is a species of fern in the family Aspleniaceae, native to tropical southeastern Asia, northern Queensland in Australia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Christmas Island, India, and eastern Africa. It is one of several closely related species known by the common name Bird's Nest Fern.

It forms large simple fronds visually similar to Banana leaves, with the fronds growing to 50-150 cm long and 10-20 cm broad. They are light green, often crinkled, with a black midrib, and exhibit circinate vernation. Spores develop in sori on the underside of the fronds. These sori form long rows extending out from the midrib on the back of the outer part of the lamina (frond). The fronds roll back as they brown and create a massive leaf nest in the branches and trunks of trees.

Asplenium nidus in Honolulu, HawaiiThe habit of this fern can be epiphytal or terrestrial, but it typically grows on organic matter. This fern often lives in trees like a bromeliad, where it collects water and humus in its leaf-rosette. It thrives in warm, humid areas in partial to full shade.

Plants named Asplenium nidus are commonly sold as house plants, though most of the specimens in the horticultural trade are not A. nidus, but different, but closely related species (R. J. Johns, in the 2001 Flora Malesiana Symposium). Apparently, most plants sold in America as A. nidus are actually Asplenium australasicum. A. australasicum has longer sori, and the midrib has a different shape.[1]

It is also known as Wugus, an aboriginal name, in Taiwan. Furthermore, its sprout is edible and a very popular vegetable food in Taiwan.

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Hi Foozi,
An interesting plant with an interesting note.....I enjoyed reading. I really like the deep colours and your chosen composition is quite original. Have a good evening.
Regards, David

Hello Foozi,
a beautiful picture of this Fern taken with superb sharpness in a splendid composition, the warm and grazing light shows up the spores with fine detail, very well composed.
Best regards.

hello Foozi
great composition
super green colours with the black
good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-12 14:15]

Hello Foozi,
Excelent piture of Bird's-nest ferns. Godd sharpness, composition and colours. Very interesting informations. Very good job.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi
a great composed shot of this fern, I like the shape and the colors of the leaf in the foreground with the black lines
superb lighting
very well done

hello Foozi
really details is very good,
very good glance and result

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-12 23:00]

Hello Foozi,
A great close-up of this fern showing the sporing on the back of the frond with excellent sharpness. The composition and lighting are great.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-12 23:08]

Hi Foozi!

I like this picture as much as the former one. You get your own style, and I like it more and more. Your abstract pictures are very artistic and at the same time reveal the characteristics of the plant. That's great art!

Kind regards


hello foozi,
lovely capture of the firn, the green looks so sooting, the liked the backlit effect, the saturated colours and the details you have captured, a pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Mister Fooz,
this is an interesting capture of a beautiful leef.
Beautiful colors.

Hi Foozi,
A very nice capture of the spores on this Asplenium.
We have ferns similar to this in New Zealand.
When I used to live on Niue Island,we used to call this Luku.
We also ate the young leaves,and the larger leaves were used to wrap food in for cooking in an Umu (underground oven)
Cheers & TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-16 4:53]

Dear Foozi,
This is a very artistical shot with an excellent composition and good light-management.
I like the graphical aspect of this shot a lot and the beautiful green tones.
Interesting note too.
Take care

This is indeed great, Foozi. I like the way You capture leaves and this pic isn't an exception. Interesting duotone (green-black) colors, nice minimalistic composition and perfect focus (just on the little sunny part of the leave, I guess). Great job, MF, tfs.
Truly Yours, László

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