Platycerium at Hideaway Palmetum

Family Polypodiaceae

Subfamily Platycerioideae


Figure 2 is from Phylogeny and biogeography of the staghorn fern genus Platycerium (Polypodiaceae, Polypodiidae)
Article in American Journal of Botany · February 2006

Personally the description of the figure is hardly decipherable but it makes a good connection to frond and shield styles.

Pictured below is a page out of the Fern Growers Manual by Barbera Joe Hoshizaki and Robbin C. Moran (2001)

It is the most commonly handed out and referred to document. We found the layout of the pictures confusing at first, easily dismissing the nuances between the spores and fronds making them all similar.

Platycerium Species from Plants of the World Online

Operated by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

This accepted genus includes 17 species.

Native to:

Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, China South-Central, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maluku, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nigeria, Norfolk Is., Peru, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Réunion, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Canary Is., Colombia, Hawaii, India, KwaZulu-Natal, Marianas, New Zealand North, Taiwan

“The native range of this genus is Tropical & Subtropical Old World, Peru to Bolivia.” – Kew