Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Staghorn Fern

I saw one of these, and then some more. David and Schuyler knew the name. They didn't know how small a range it has:
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2006/platycerium-superbum.html

The first one I saw was in that round space in the middle, hanging down. "WHAT IS THAT!?" I said:

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We went around and saw the whole plant, and some others on that big, old tree.

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Above right and below the sunshine:
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There's a part sticking up, and some hanging down, and a fatness in the middle.
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They grow on trees, but they're not parasites. They can grow on rocks, or when people buy them to grow at home, they're glued onto boards, to be hung on a wall, for starters.

Later that day we saw a big one, low, at the tropical fruit station:

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It looks like it has had several "staghorns" come and go.

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1 comment:

Robyn Coburn said...

My mother-in-law had several staghorns here in LA, and we always had them in Sydney. You can feed them banana peels. They love them.