Staghorn Fern Overview
Platycerium is a genus of about 18 epiphytic fern species from the family. Commonly known by the names Staghorn Fern or Elkhorn Fern, this references the evergreen fronds that resemble a stag's horns. They are native to tropical and temperate areas, producing two types of foliage. They are either heart-shaped (if sterile) or branched (if fertile). Oddly shaped, these ferns grow on trees and rocks and are commonly cultivated in tropical gardens, where they are grown for their elegant foliage. They do not produce flowers, but reproduce via spores that are formed on the underside of the antler-like leaves.