A genus of 18 species of ferns commonly called the elkhorn or staghorn ferns. They are endemic to the tropical and temperate regions of large portions of the old Gondwana. They have leaves in two forms; one type is elongated, erect or pendulous, and repeatedly forked, hence the common name. These bear the spore producing structures. The other leaf type is flat or bowl-shaped and grows closely to the support on which the plant lives.
Name Derivation: From the Greek platys (broad) and keras (horn), referring to the antler-like mature leaves
Common Name: Elkhorn or staghorn ferns
Platycerium is in the family Polypodiaceae.