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Staghorn ferns
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Staghorn ferns
Staghorn ferns (Platycerium)
Also known as : Antelope-ears
Staghorn ferns or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
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Key Facts About Staghorn ferns

Attributes of Staghorn ferns

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Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Staghorn ferns

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Distribution of Staghorn ferns

Distribution Map of Staghorn ferns

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Exploring the Staghorn ferns Plants

8 most common species:
Platycerium superbum
Staghorn fern
Staghorn fern (Platycerium superbum) is an unusual-looking tropical plant with antler-like fronds. The size of the plant varies, but mature plants can grow from 91 to 122 cm wide. Upper leaves act as shields to catch fallen leaves and insects to use as nutrients. Lower leaves produce spores for propagation. Native to tropical rainforests, this plant loves high humidity environments. Prefers bright, indirect light and should be watered sparingly to prevent rotting.
Platycerium bifurcatum
Elkhorn fern
Elkhorn fern grows up to 89 cm tall by 79 cm wide. This plant absorbs water not only through its roots but also through its fronds, so consistent moisture is key for growth. The elkhorn fern is found in and near rain forests.
Platycerium wallichii
Indian staghorn
Indian staghorn is a species of staghorn fern featuring uniquely shaped fern fronds that form a basket shape. This fern is native to parts of India, Burma, and China.
Platycerium coronarium
Platycerium coronarium
Platycerium coronarium is an epiphytic species of staghorn fern in the genus Platycerium. It is found in maritime Southeast Asia and Indochina. and throughout the East Indies. It produces two kinds of leaves: Foliage leaves which are broad and upright in habit, and spore bearing leaves which are narrow, pendulous, dichotomously lobed and up to fifteen feet (4.6 meters) in length.
Platycerium elephantotis
Angola staghorn fern
Angola staghorn fern or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
Platycerium stemaria
Platycerium stemaria
Platycerium stemaria or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
Platycerium alcicorne
Platycerium alcicorne
Platycerium alcicorne or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
Platycerium veitchii
Silver elkhorn
Silver elkhorn or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Staghorn ferns
Platycerium
Also known as: Antelope-ears
Staghorn ferns or elkhorn ferns are named for the interesting curved shape of their fronds that recall antlers. They grow very slowly but reach enormous sizes. As a houseplant, they can live for decades with the right care. They are mounted on wooden boards and hung on a wall, which mimics their natural growing pattern from trees.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Airplant
info

Key Facts About Staghorn ferns

Attributes of Staghorn ferns

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Staghorn ferns

distribution

Distribution of Staghorn ferns

Distribution Map of Staghorn ferns

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the Staghorn ferns Plants

8 most common species:
Platycerium superbum
Staghorn fern
Staghorn fern (Platycerium superbum) is an unusual-looking tropical plant with antler-like fronds. The size of the plant varies, but mature plants can grow from 91 to 122 cm wide. Upper leaves act as shields to catch fallen leaves and insects to use as nutrients. Lower leaves produce spores for propagation. Native to tropical rainforests, this plant loves high humidity environments. Prefers bright, indirect light and should be watered sparingly to prevent rotting.
Platycerium bifurcatum
Elkhorn fern
Elkhorn fern grows up to 89 cm tall by 79 cm wide. This plant absorbs water not only through its roots but also through its fronds, so consistent moisture is key for growth. The elkhorn fern is found in and near rain forests.
Platycerium wallichii
Indian staghorn
Indian staghorn is a species of staghorn fern featuring uniquely shaped fern fronds that form a basket shape. This fern is native to parts of India, Burma, and China.
Platycerium coronarium
Platycerium coronarium
Platycerium coronarium is an epiphytic species of staghorn fern in the genus Platycerium. It is found in maritime Southeast Asia and Indochina. and throughout the East Indies. It produces two kinds of leaves: Foliage leaves which are broad and upright in habit, and spore bearing leaves which are narrow, pendulous, dichotomously lobed and up to fifteen feet (4.6 meters) in length.
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popular genus

More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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