Plant Profile

Platycerium coronarium

(plat-ih-SEER-ee-um ) (cor-o-NAR-i-um)

Crown Staghorn

Subfamily Platycerioideae

Genus Platycerium

Platycerium coronarium: spectacular plant is one of my favorites. It has a number of traits that make it rather unique. One of the largest staghorns, it does not pup, has a special lobe for its spore patch, and has several forms or shapes of the fertile fronds. Found in nature in Thailand and many areas of Southeast Asia at altitudes up to almost 2000 feet, Platycerium coronarium can be grown in most mild climates. 

The appropriately named Platycerium coronarium, referring to a crown, has large, lobed, thick shield fronds, and unusually long, twisted fertile fronds. These fertile fronds differ significantly between specimens. One plant has shorter, wider, and thicker fronds and at one time was thought to be a dwarf form However, although it retained these characteristics when mature, it grew to a normal size over time. The other extreme is a plant that has very narrow fertile fronds.” – Platyceriums: Growing the Staghorn Ferns

“By far our fastest growing staghorn. The fertile fronds growing over 24″ in 30 days.” – Hideaway Palmetum

“The native range of this species is Indo-China to W. & Central Malesia. It is an epiphyte and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.” – Kew

Borneo, Cambodia, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Philippines, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens