Plant ID forum: Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 4, 2012 4:17 PM CST
I took a photo of this huge staghorn fern at my aunt's garden, and want to add to our database here..there are several staghorns listed, which one should I use?


Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2012 4:31 PM CST
Wow, great photo of that beautiful plant! It looks like the Common Staghorn to me, Platycerium bifurcatum.
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tarev
Jan 4, 2012 7:42 PM CST
Thanks Lin! I will use that as its name Big Grin
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JRsbugs
Jan 4, 2012 8:44 PM CST
P. bifurcatum usually has broader fronds, there are others such as P. coronarium..

http://www.fernsiam.com/FernWorld/Taxonomy/Polypodiaceae/Pla...

http://www.rareferns.com/Platycerium%20coronarium.htm

Maybe this fits Platycerium alcicorne better .. a lot seems to depend on the shape of the broader 'bracts' or whatever they are called.

http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Platycerium%20alicorne%20pc....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Platycerium_alcicorne_-_Be...

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Platycerium+bifurcatum&um=1...

I checked all the suggested species which google gave me, P. alcicorne comes closest.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 5, 2012 7:16 AM CST
tarev: That was a guess on my part ... listen to Janet, she is a super sleuth when it comes to researching plants!

Janet: Thanks for those links, especially the one to Steve Lucas' Exotic Rainforest ... I haven't visited that site in awhile and it's always a nice experience! So sad of his passing and that his rain forest will be dismantled but I'm so glad the website is still up and running.
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Dutchlady1
Jan 5, 2012 7:37 AM CST
I agree with Janet.
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JRsbugs
Jan 5, 2012 8:32 AM CST
I didn't know Steve Lucas had passed away Lin, sad indeed! Sad that happens to anybody really. Rolling my eyes.
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plantladylin
Jan 5, 2012 12:21 PM CST
Yes, he passed away a year ago and it is sad indeed. He was an enthusiastic grower and always very generous in his sharing of knowledge of Philodendron's and other Aroids.
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