Platycerium bifurcatum

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Platycerium bifurcatumFamily: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Platycerium
Common names: Elkhorn fern
ALA reference

This plant is actually a mass of plantlets which have developed over many years from the original plant. The nest leaves grow upwards around the tree trunk and assist in collecting falling leaves and twigs that decay and feed the plant. The leaves that grow outwards and downwards from the middle of the plant carry the spores. The fern is growing here on an old dead tree. (April 2008)