Platycerium superbum de Jonch. & Hennipman

Staghorn Fern

Sterile nest fronds with upper margin deeply lobed, dividing twice at each division, spreading widely. Fertile fronds to 2 m long, often divided 4-6 times and twisted, spreading or pendulous, 1.5-4 cm wide at the ends, green. Sori in large patches where the fronds branch.

Can grow in cool areas.

Qld, N NSW.

Nest fronds deeply lobed; fertile fronds pendulous, twisted; sori in a patch at the base of the first division of the fertile frond. Sometimes mistakenly called P. grande (Fée) Presl which is from the Philippines and has 2 soral patches on each fertile frond. Plantlets are not produced at the base.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Polypodiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Polypodiaceae
genus       Platycerium Desv.