Ginormous Staghorn

Check out this massive Staghorn Fern.  This guy is monstrous.  I estimate that it weighs in at 100-125 pounds.

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Staghorn Fern – Platycerium bifurcatum

Out on the West Coast it is known as a Staghorn Fern…but I have also seen it referred to as an Elkhorn fern.  Anybody else heard of this as an Elkhorn?  Either way, the botanical name is Platycerium bifurcatum.

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

You can see all of that brown stuff at the tips of the leaves.  Those are spores.  Besides shooting out pups, the Staghorn fern makes spores that blow away.  If the conditions are right…those spores will make more plants.

Spores on the Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Here is another view of the spores.

You can see how huge this guy is (the Staghorn…not Matti).  Man, and I thought my mounted Staghorn was big.

Tiny Staghorn Fern Mounted

Tiny Staghorn Fern Mounted

They start out as tiny plants.  Above is one about 6-9 months old.  You can see that the juvenile leaves are rounded at the end.

— Far Out Flora

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