is a genus of about 18 fern species in the polypod family, Polypodiaceae. Ferns in this genus are widely known as pakis tanduk rusa (in our language), staghorn or deer horn or elkhorn ferns due to their uniquely-shaped fronds. This genus is epiphytic and is native to tropical and temperate areas of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Guinea.
the fern lives on a Payung Indonesia tree
This fern must be the focal point of the whole garden. Rosiah, my younger sister grows this fern on Payung Indonesia tree or Hura Crepitans. The majestic fern is known as "Pokok Tanduk Rusa" or staghorn horn or deer horn, in the family of Platycerium. It is so big for a fern, that it acts as a screen and adds privacy to the garden. From top to bottom, my rough estimate is around 8 feet. The bottom part which behaves like tails, sways beautifully with the wind. The middle part resembles a cabbage. The top part displays the stag horn or deer horn. Even though the fern depends on rainwater to survive in the wild, Rosiah spray water regularly to keep it healthy
She has other interesting plants too, which I thought worth sharing a few here.
A single plant about 4 feet high winding its way around tembusu branch as stake. The plant is already flowering. The colour is so beautiful, such deep blue diluting itself into white at the base. Three of my own plants are doing fine right now in Putrajaya.
I like this flower, because the petals are so thin, that we can almost see through them.