Plant Profile

Platycerium elephantotis

(plat-ih-SEER-ee-um ) (ele-phan-to-tis)

Angola Staghorn

Subfamily Platycerioideae

Genus Platycerium

“The most obvious characteristic of this species  striking feature of this species is its massive bright green group of shield fronds, which grow very large.  Its fertile fronds are long, very wide, hang down, and have no notches of fingers along the bottom edge.  Their large size is compared to elephant ears and has a second common name, elephant ear fern.

P. elephantotis growth is very seasonal.  During the spring, last years shield fronds die and new ones form during the summer.  Roy Vail suggests trimming back the tops of the shield fronds so the new ones grow more erectly.  After the new shield fronds form, new fertile fronds grow.” – Halling

“The native range of this species is Tropical Africa. It is an epiphyte. It is has environmental uses and as a medicine.” – Kew

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens