Platycerium grande

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Platycerium grande (Fée) Kunze

Polypodiaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: obcordate

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: not specified

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Polypodiophyta
Subdivisio:
Polypodiophytina
Classis:
Polypodiopsida
Subclassis:
Polypodiidae
Ordo:
Polypodiales
Subordo:
Polypodiineae
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Platycerium grande, commonly known as staghorn fern, is a perennial.

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Naming

Taxonomy

Platycerium grande is a species in the genus Platycerium which contains approximately 9 to 28 species and belongs to the family of the Polypodiaceae (Polypody Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 50 to 180 centimetres.

Leaves

Platycerium grande is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are basal. They are obcordate with lobate margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Root System

Distribution

Platycerium grande is native to the Philippines.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10). When cultivated as an epiphyte the plants are mounted on a piece of bark or a branch (e.g. Taxus or Thuja) and the roots are wrapped in Sphagnum moss.. Under glass use a mixture of bark chaff, Sphagnum moss, loam and coarse compost.

In summer the plants prefer high humidity, protection from direct sunlight.

Uses

The perennials are suited for cultivation in a temperate house. Suited as indoor plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • For healthy growth apply liquid fertilizer monthly during growth.
  • Water freely in summer, give little water in winter. allow the soil to become almost completely dry in between watering.
  • temperature in summer should be 20 to 24°C, in winter should be 15°C.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Scale insects that sit on the undersides of the leaves and excrete honeydew can be controlled with insecticide or biologically with parasitic wasps.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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