What is the plant
Staghorn ferns (from the genus platycerium) look very much like deer or elk antlers and can grow to be quite large and impressive. There are 17 species of platycerium, but only one is truly common. The P. bifurcatum is native to Australia.
Staghorn ferns were once considered difficult to grow, but today they are quite popular. These ferns are epiphytic, which means they grow mounted on plaques or other substrates. They have two distinct leaf forms. Small, flat leaves cover the root structure and take up water and nutrients. Green, pronged fronds emerge from this base. These fronds can reach 3 feet in length. In certain circles, platycerium varieties are intensely sought-after collector's plants.
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