Common Staghorn Fern, Elkhorn Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum, commonly known as Staghorn Fern, is an unusual and impressive evergreen fern with deep green forked fronds.
Although in its native rainforest environment it grows as an epiphytic fern, rooting itself to the crevices of trees, it nonetheless thrives planted terrestrially – making for an ideal indoor architectural fern for humid environments.
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Native to Polynesia, Platycerium bifurcatum roots itself into tree crevices where it develops a pleasing combination of flattened sterile fronds and dramatic, arching fertile fronds which grow up to a metre long.
The fertile fronds form a distinct shape, similar to the horns of a stag or elk, hence the common names Staghorn Fern and Elkhorn fern.
Being slow growing it can live for 20 years or so. The forked shape of the fronds enables gives it the greatest opportunity for each frond to find light in the highly competitive rainforest canopy.
Care & Size Guidance
Platycerium bifurcatum needs a humid environment to thrive. Place in bright, indirect light in the kitchen or bathroom. Alternatively, with regular misting during the growing season, it will be happy anywhere away from central heating.
With an ultimate height and spread of 1 metre, and being slow growing, Platycerium bifurcatum is a relatively low maintenance indoor fern.
Our Platycerium bifurcatum are planted in pots with potting mix and can thrive permanently in these conditions.