Playcerium bifurcatum is part of the Polypodiaceae family and is an epiphyte found in rainforests of Java, New Guinea and Australia. P.bifurcatum have two types of frond, one is at the base of the plant and is shield shaped, this supports this plant and is responsible for breaking down debris (that falls from the host tree) that can be turned into nutrients. The second kind is drooping and forked like antlers.

Genus epithet Platycerium is derived from the Greek 'platys' (broad) and 'keras' (horn), a reference to the antler-like fronds. Bifurcatum means divided into equal parts.


Pot: 18cm hanging pot

Foliage: Approximately 40cm


Secrets to success:


Temperature: Platycerium like temperatures 21-23°C and minimum winter temperatures of 12°C.


Light: P.bifurcatum grow high up in the branches of trees so they thrive in bright light. Strong direct light would bleach and burn the fronds.


Watering: During spring and summer, water so the potting mix is thoroughly moist, allowing the potting mix to dry out almost completely between waterings. Reduce watering in winter.


Air humidity: High humidity; this can be achieved by misting, using a humidifier and grouping plants together.


Fertiliser: Feed 2 or 3 times during active growth period.


This plant is non-toxic.

Platycerium bifurcatum - Staghorn fern