Common Staghorn Fern Overview
Platycerium bifurcatum is an epiphytic fern with evergreen fronds that are either heart-shaped (if sterile) or branched (if fertile) and resemble a stag's horns. This species is known as a Common Staghorn Fern or Elkhorn Fern after these fronds. The plant has mostly fertile fronds, which are grey-green and arching, whilst the sterile fronds will turn brown as they age. Oddly shaped, these ferns grow on trees and rocks and are commonly cultivated in tropical gardens or as houseplants, 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.