Nephrolepis (lat. Nephrolepis) is a fern that belongs either to the Nephrolepis family or to the davallium family of plants. Representatives of the genus, of which there are 40 species, are terrestrial or epiphytic plants. In nature, they are found in the tropics of the African, American, Australian continents and in the southeast of Asia. The plant got its name from "hophros" and "lepis", which translated from Greek means kidney and scales, respectively.