Plant Profile

Platycerium wandae

(plat-ih-SEER-ee-um ) (wan-dee)

The Queen Staghorn

Subfamily Platycerioideae

Genus Platycerium

“Needs high humidity; easily over-watered. Temperatures between 80-90°F (26.6°C-32.2°C), low of 60°F (15.5°C). Possibly the largest Platycerium. Native to New Guinea.  This culture needs plenty of space to grow in cultivation. Shield fronds are very upright and lobed along the top forming a basket.  The fertile fronds grow two lobes with frills around the bud, the smaller lobe is elevated.  Each lobe can have spore patches. Wandae typically has two spore patches, one smaller and elevated, and frills around the bud.” – Halling

“The native range of this species is Maluku to Bismarck Archipelago. It is an epiphyte.” – Kew

Bismarck Archipelago, Maluku, New Guinea

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens