Elkhorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
Platycerium bifurcatum is nicknamed the Staghorn Fern or Elkhorn Fern for good reason – its elongated, forked fronds look just like antlers. As it matures, your staghorn fern will also grow shield fronds – round, plate-like leaves that eventually dry to form a protective layer around the roots of the plant. Staghorn ferns are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants or trees), making them a popular choice for mounting. Whether you decide to mount your staghorn fern or grow it terrestrially in a pot, Platycerium bifurcatum makes an excellent houseplant that thrives in small spaces.
Platycerium bifurcatum need bright, indirect light and good drainage. Mist the fern regularly to promote a humid environment.