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Staghorn fern

Platycerium superbum

Stag's horn fern

This epiphytic fern has evergreen fronds of two types: sterile and fertile, these are both broad and branching, resembling a stag's horns. This species originates from Australia and is found near rainforest environments. Most of the fronds are fertile, grey-green, arching and can reach around 2m in length, sterile fronds will turn brown as they age. These sterile fronds are arranged in a nest structure capable of collecting leaf litter and this may reach a metre in width. This species is widely cultivated as an ornamental species for garden planting.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy

Geography

Origin
North-East New South Wales (north of Nabiac) and Queensland, Australia. Also found in select parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Considered a problematic species in the Hawaiian Islands.

Environment

Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Polypodiaceae

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