Plant ID forum: Odd looking growth from tree

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Broward, South Florida
Apr 9, 2018 6:08 AM CST
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Broward, South Florida
Apr 9, 2018 6:12 AM CST
My question is "what is that?"...
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Name: Christine
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Apr 9, 2018 6:24 AM CST
A scary looking seed pod Shrug!

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Apr 9, 2018 7:00 AM CST
Staghorn fern of some type
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium superbum)
Not growth from the tree, growing on the tree instead
Name: Bill
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Apr 9, 2018 7:31 AM CST
It is one of many types of Staghorn ferns.
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Name: Chuck Pfeiffer
McKinney, TX (DFW) (Zone 8a)
Feb 16, 2019 1:41 PM CST
Wow, that's a really cool example of how they attach to the trees in nature sprouting from spores, versus a hanging pot. This one appears to be an elkhorn fern versus a staghorn fern. The difference is in the frond structure. Staghorns usually have multiple long slender stalks coming out the base, then fronds spread out at the end. The elkhorn frond tends to split earlier, a wider frond base, fewer fronds and have multiple "leaves" on the frond.

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