Platycerium superbum – Staghorn Fern

The staghorn fern, or Platycerium superbum, is an epiphytic large fern that grows well in sub-tropical to tropical areas, and in sheltered spots in temperate areas. The fern is native to rainforest areas of northern NSW and Queensland, where it grows on trees or sometimes on rocks. The fern resembles a collection of antlers (hence the name), that grow from a central crown or nest of fronds. This crown collects leaf litter and dead insects, which feed the plant. The antler fronds can grow to 2 metres.

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Family : Polypodiaceae
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Plant Type : Fern
Width : 1
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Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Weeping
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering
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Scientific Name: Platycerium superbum
Common Name : Staghorn Fern
Height : 2
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pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Courtyard
Light : Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Not frost tolerant
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