Are you aware that Taiwan is a paradise of ferns? There are more than 800 species of ferns (including unpublished species) growing on this small island, giving it the highest density of ferns in the world.
Located in the subtropics and surrounded by sea, Taiwan is a warm and humid island where numerous high mountains were formed as a result of the extrusion and upheaval of the Eurasian and Philippine Sea Plates. As it is the most suitable environment for ferns to grow, all kinds of the world's major fern plants can be seen from lower to higher altitudes throughout the entire country.
One can discover the epiphytic Bird's-nest fern growing on tree trunks while walking in the damp forests at low and medium altitudes. As it looks like a bird’s nest and it intercepts the falling nutrients in its cup-shaped leaves, the plant is known as the “Bird’s-nest fern”. It is also one of the must-eat fern dishes when visiting indigenous tribes in Taiwan. Although distributed throughout the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia, Taiwan’s Amis people were the first to utilize the Bird's-nest fern as food.
Perhaps you already know that the Silver fern is the national symbol of New Zealand, and the badge of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby union team, aside from being considered sacred by the Maori. Yet in Taiwan, Silver Ferns are authentic ecological treasures that can be seen everywhere. The astonishing Common Tree Fern, which has lived on this planet since the Jurassic period, is also an inhabitant of Taiwan: standing in front of the Common Tree Fern forest, try to imagine the spectacle of the ancient forests. Do you think this is good enough? Certainly not. The diversity of Taiwan’s ferns will surely take you by surprise!