antler fern-- problems?

Joseph Holtum Joseph.Holtum at jcu.edu.au
Sat Dec 2 23:33:13 EST 2000


Cassandra,

If your 'antler' fern is a Platycerium (what we call staghorns or elkhorns)
it is perfectly natural. The sterile base fronds thicken up with cork-like
material and then die. As a result they protect and insulate the roots
beneath, in addition to acting as traps for nutrient-containing leaf
litter. New base leaves will form.

Joe Holtum
Dr Joe Holtum,
Dept. of Tropical Plant Sciences,
School of Tropical Biology,
James Cook University of North Queensland,
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