The elkhorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is an epiphyte, which is a type of plant that grows on another plant rather than in soil. Elkhorn ferns are usually grown indoors on a support that mimics the trunk of a tree. These epiphyte houseplants are hardy.
Native to Australia, Polynesia and Southeast Asia, elkhorn ferns get their name because their fronds look like the antlers on a male deer. They are sometimes referred to as staghorn ferns. Even though they attach themselves to the branches and trunks of trees, they do not harm the host plant and are therefore not considered parasitic. These plants usually grow 2 to 3 feet tall, with a spread of about the same length. Elkhorn ferns do not produce flowers.
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