Plant Profile

Platycerium holttumii

(plat-ih-SEER-ee-um ) (holttum-e-eye)


Subfamily Platycerioideae

Genus Platycerium

“Closely related to P. grande, P superbum, p. wallinchii and P. wandae.  It differs from first two by having fertile fronds with two lobes, one smaller and elevated, the other larger and hanging down.  Both lobes have spore patches.  It differs from P. wandae by not having the little points (frills) on the edges of the shield fronds around the bud.” – Halling

“Grows much faster then Pla. wandae” – Hideaway Palmetum

“The native range of this species is China (S. Yunnan) to Peninsula Malaysia. It is an epiphyte and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.” – Kew

Cambodia, China South-Central, Laos, Malaya, Thailand, Vietnam

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens