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Macho fern is a species of fern in the family native to tropical regions throughout the world. It is common in humid forests and swamps, especially in northern South America, Mexico, Central America, Florida, the West Indies, Polynesia, and Africa. In the wild, the Macho fern is a very popular house plant, often grown in hanging baskets or similar conditions. Macho fern can also be used as an outdoor plant it prefers partial shade or full shade, inside it grows best in bright filtered light.

It is a perennial plant hardy and in the winter may appear totally dead due to frost, it can re-emerge in the spring. In general, the Macho fern likes damp, but not soggy soil that is rich in nutrients. Of the common cultivated ferns, the Macho fern is also very tolerant of drought. The fern thrives best in humid conditions, so when grown as a house plant it becomes necessary to mist the plant when relative humidity falls below around 80%.