This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One of the most charmingly elegant of all stove ferns, free in growth, firm and durable in texture, evergreen in habit, bright green in color, and the most finely divided of the Davallias. The fronds grow two to three feet in height, and have a deltoid outline, the caudately elongated points of the fronds and of the pinnae being gracefully defiexed; they are compoundly divided on a quadripinna-tifid manner, the whole fronds being split up into lanceolate pinnules and pinnulets, and finally cut into narrow blunt linear or bifid divisions. Being of evergreen habit and remarkably elegant in its whole contour, so that it will take rank amongst the most ornamental of its race, it is not too much praise to say that it is the finest acquisition to its class, introduced for many years. It comes, as its name implies, from the Fiji Islands. This was one of the new plants with which Mr. W. Bull gained the first prize at the International Horticultural Exhibition, held at Ghent in 1878, and at the Great Show of the Royal Horticultural Society, held at Kensington in 1880.