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Common Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum

Also known as

Common Stag's Horn Fern, Australian Elk's Horn Fern, Elkhorn Fern, Antelope Ears

Platycerium bifurcatum in Botanical garden, Minsk by Хомелка (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

20 years to reach maturity

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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.

Common problems with Common Staghorn Fern

Prone to the fungal disease black spot, do not water over the foliage and minimize humidity indoors to prevent the disfiguring spores.

How to harvest Common Staghorn Fern

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Common Staghorn Fern

Spores

Division

Separate/detach plantlets

Special features of Common Staghorn Fern

Attractive leaves

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