Bird's Nest Fern
at its normal place near ground orchid
enjoying the shade of papaya plant.
also known as pokok sakat in my hometown
perched high on the wall, for better viewing and photographing.
That will give the little fern ,
the feeling of being high up on a tree.
The fern was very small, no bigger than a few inches when we took it from the wild. Nature has been treating these ferns well for centuries. Anywhere cool with adequate rotting material will be home for bird's nest fern. Since the introduction of Oil Palm in Malaysia in 1950's , the palms have been the natural place for these fern to thrive. We took a little baby from Kakyah's 3 acre oil palm plot. Now it has grown and presented an extra tropical look to our vegetable garden...
The pot was filled with coconut husk and rotting material from oil palm. Occasionally, doses of organic based fertilizer will be given, to give extra vitamin and minerals. It will get water from the spills of watering on other nearby potted plants... That is the way they survive in the wild....
I love the curl of the young leaf,
a symbol of life kicking.
One thing the fern will miss, is the feeling of being aerial.