Staghorns and Elkhorns
Platycerium species and cultivars
The are spectacular epiphtytic ferns. Besides the Australian species, a number of others occur in other parts of the world.
They are much prized for lending a tropical rainforest look to a garden, especially when growing high in trees, mimicing their habitat in the bush. To meet demand from gardeners, harvesting from the bush has unfortunately occurred in the past. Today, such activities are regulated (see below).
The links below provide a lot of basic information about various members of this genus.
Only buy plants which have been legally obtained
In Queensland, certain types of plants, including Platycerium species, are subject to special regulations to help protect them in the wild. These laws cover activities such as harvesting, propagating, movement of and trade in whole pants and plant parts. When purchasing, look for plants carrying an official government tag to be sure they have been legally obtained.
The following links have been provided for general information but they (and the information contained in them) are NOT necessarily complete or up-to-date. Be sure to CHECK WITH APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES yourself if you think such laws may affect you (including private individuals). If you're outside Qld (or trading with others outside Qld) check with relevant bodies governing those locations.
If you want to find out more about current laws concerning propagation, movement or trade in protected plants in Qld, visit the Department of Environment and Resource Management website. For some factsheets to get you started, try: www.derm.qld.gov.au/services_resources/item_list.php?series_id=200678. Contact the department for further information if you wish to engage in such activities.
Nurseries supplying Platycerium to Qld
For the most up-to-date information on opening hours, items in stock, prices etc, be sure to contact the business directly.
A. C. & C. M. STAFFORD
"CharCol" Farm Nursery
Eskdale District, QLD
Mob: 0427 607 275
We hold a permit to propagate native plants for sale, and sell to the public at Esk Markets on Saturday mornings and Crows Nest Market on the first Sunday of every month. Phone or email to check availability and arrange special orders.|
Propagated & rescued native orchids: Cymbidium canaliculatum; Dendrobium speciosum (King Orchid), D. gracilicaule, D. monophyllum; Dockrillia brownii, D. linguiformis, D. teretifolia; Sarcochilus
Other natives including: Tree Ferns, Birds Nest Fern, Staghorn & Elkhorn Ferns, Xanthorrhoea glauca (Grass Tree), Grevillea robusta, Toona ciliata, Clerodendrum floribundum, Hardenbergia violacea, Wahlenbergia stricta (Native Bluebell).
We also produce premium quality sifted hardwood charcoal (five grades, two bag sizes) suitable for orchids, bromeliads & general garden use. Buy direct from us.
If you operate a nursery selling staghorns and elkhorns at the retail level to Qld, click here: Advertising information.
There are also a number of links about growing ferns in general from spores on the main Ferns Page
Pictures of young plants. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Lamington National Park Website
The University of Queensland Check under "Flora of Lamington" species descriptions for information on Staghorns and Elkhorns.
Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Australian National Herbarium, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
NB: Overseas, the comon name "staghorn" is also applied to our elkhorn P. bifurcatum.
Warning: collection, propagation, movement, sale or purchase of any Australian native plant may be subject to laws and regulations. Be sure to check with appropriate authorities before engaging in these activities, even on private property. Other laws may also apply to the treatment and movement of plant or soil material (for example, to control the spread of weeds, pests and diseases.)