Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum
Elkhorn Ferns

A Staghorn Fern is native to the rain forests of Queensland Australia where it is found growing on rocks and the sides of trees. Staghorn Ferns are  very unique looking plants and do not resemble any other fern. The outer leaves, shaped like elk antlers, are thick and green. These leaves are covered in fine hairs that make them feel a little furry and give a Staghorn Fern a gray or silver look. The other leaf type at the bottom of a Staghorn Fern is a brown cup-shaped frond that in nature captures nutrients. This frond also helps a Staghorn Fern cling to rocks, trees, the sides of pots, and decorative boards.