Platycerium bifurcatum

COMMON NAME

Elkhorn fern or common staghorn fern

TYPE

Fern

FAMILY

Polypodiaceae

NOTES

There are two types of fronds, the first being infertile.  They are small leaves that cover the root crown.  The second, which are fertile, grow up to 4'.  They are gray-green and grow outward from the crown.  They are covered with a grayish-white felt. The sterile frond main function is – apart form holding the plant to its support – to trap debris that can be broken down into nutrients as it falls from the branches of the host tree.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Australia and New Guinea

NATIVE HABITAT

An epiphyte occurring naturally in tropical areas

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

plants.ces.ncsu.edu

plantsrescue.com



Platycerium bifurcatum