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Platycerium bifurcatum
Staghorn fern
Paku tanduk rusa Polypodioceae
 

Platycerium bifurcatum, Staghorn fern, Sambar menjanggang, Paku tanduk rusa

 

Platycerium bifurcatum, Staghorn fern, Sambar menjanggang, Paku tanduk rusa

This genus is common to the tropics and subtropics of Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia, The 15 species are epiphytic ferns with hanging, spore-bearing divided leaves, which may be 6 ft (1.8 m) long.
They are valued for their dramatic appearance.
Cultivation: They can be grown as epiphytes by tying them onto boards that are then attached to a trellis or tree, or grown in baskets.
The sterile nest leaves catch leaf litter and other vegetable matter so that the roots eventually grow into the debris and are protected from wind.
The base of the plants should be kept moist.
Fertilize with blood and bone or old manure.
Propagate by division .
Watch for beetles and moths.

   

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