Plant Profile

Platycerium Mt.kitshakood

(plat-ih-SEER-ee-um ) (mt kit-SHA-kood)


Subfamily Platycerioideae

Genus Platycerium

“A relatively new platycerium species is the hybrid P. Mt Kitshakood which is a cross of P. Ridleyii and P. coronarium.

Mt Kitshakood is thought to have derived its name from Mt Kitchakut in Thailand where Thai Buddhists would go to pray.  It is said “You get one wish and only once a year, all wishes will come true if you can get up there!.”  Some one apparently prayed for a new hybrid.” – Halling

“A great grower, From April-December it has yet to stop growing trippling the size of the shield base. Shields overlap creating large spaces behind fronds with the top of the shields remaining upwards. Water pools up in the bottom of the shields so care must be taken to turn upside down after watering or make drainage cuts to prevent rotting. Unlike my Pla. rideyi this hybrid wants to remain dry with intermittent watering.” – Hideaway Palmetum