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.
|Scientific Name:||Platycerium superbum|
|Common Name:||Staghorn Fern|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||0.6 ~ 1 metre|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Weeping|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering|
|Frost Tolerance:||Not frost tolerant|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.