Platycerium superbum

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Platycerium superbumFamily: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Platycerium
Common names: Staghorn fern
ALA reference

This fern together with its close relative Platycerium bifurcatum (Elkhorn fern) is very popular in cultivation and I suspect that this plant grew from spores blown here from a garden plant. It is an epiphyte and is growing here on a large Lophostemon confertus (Brush box) tree. The spores are carried on the large antler fronds growing outwards and downwards from the lower part of the plant. Unlike the Elkhorn fern this species does not produce pups and new plants must be grown from spores. (April 2008)