Species: Neottopteris nidus
English Name: Bird-nest Fern
Chinese Name: 巢蕨、鳥巢蕨、山蘇花
Grows up to 2m in diameter, and as large ferns, it can contain large quantities of organic matter. At the base it has a sponge like root mass that soaks up rain water and absorbs nutrients released from the decaying litter.
Used by herds for nesting.
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– Department of Gardens and Green Areas, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macao Special Administrative Region, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science 2005. Flora of Macao (Volume 1). Macao, SAR: Author