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:


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


Above right and below the sunshine:

There's a part sticking up, and some hanging down, and a fatness in the middle.

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:

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

1 comment:

Robyn Coburn Writer 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.