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Anthony123
Jan 4, 2017 12:10 AM CST
Hi all. I have a lovely broad leaf plant that I have no idea what it is. The roots are seeming to come out of the ground. I am am garden novice so any help would be great. Is it normal or should I dig it back into the ground?
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sallyg
Jan 4, 2017 6:50 AM CST
I think it's some kind of gorgeous fern and probably doing what it naturally wants to do. Where is it (state/province/ country/ continent..)
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sooby
Jan 4, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Welcome! Anthony. To me it looks like a collection of leaves similar to what is on the ground around it. Could it be a nest of some kind? Does the accumulation brush aside?
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 4, 2017 8:44 AM CST
It looks like a Bird's Nest fern to me. Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium antiquum)

I don't see a problem but you could throw a few more handfuls of leafy mulch around it if you want to. They like to have their roots in the loose leafy stuff, not in the soil so much.
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Philipwonel
Jan 4, 2017 10:40 AM CST
There just air roots. No need to cover them. Looks like you live somewhere tropical ? So there collecting nite time dew.
Covering them will probably make them grow more !!!
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I agree, looks like some type of Asplenium (Birds Nest Fern or Hart's Tongue Fern) ... a few for comparison:
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greene
Jan 4, 2017 12:03 PM CST
The two look very much alike.
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Here is the Wiki page. The Bird's Nest fern can grow as an epiphyte or as a terrestrial. There is a photo showing several of the ferns growing as epiphytes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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DaisyI
Jan 4, 2017 12:54 PM CST
I agree with the ID. Eventually, the fern will grow a trunk and have roots on the soil surface. Its what they do.
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2017 1:09 PM CST
The one Elaine linked to looks to be a match:


More images can be viewed here and can be enlarged for comparison: http://plantexplorer.longwoodg...

At the Wikipedia page for A. antiquum, when you enlarge the photo, it shows the name as A. nidus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

This site says A. nidus is also known as A. antiquum: http://plantlust.com/plants/62... but according to the Catalogue of Life they are two different species.
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