Platycerium veitchii

Platycerium veitchii

Platycerium veitchii is a semi-desert species of fern, native to Queensland, Australia. Its habitat is on rocks in areas that receive from 15 to 25 inches of rainfall and is semi-epiphytic. Its most striking feature is the long slender, finger-like extensions that grow from the top edge of the shield fronds. The fertile fronds are even more upright and can be nearly white with stellate hairs. The stomates are sunken into pits.

Pronunciation: plat-ee-SIR-ee-um VEET-chee-eye

Species Meaning: Named for James Veitch, 19th century botanist and owner of a famous Chelsea nursery

Platycerium veitchii is native to Australia.

Cultivation Notes

Full sun and can withstand drought. Regular misting during warmer months is also recommended to keep the underlying substrate moist.

 

Propagation Notes

It forms pups readily.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P21125

Found in Portal,

It is currently hanging in its original ugly pot on the trellis. It needs to have a nicer container, but it should be happy here until then.

We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens - grown by Fessler Nursery.

Family: Polypodiaceae

Genus: Platycerium

Species: veitchii

Commonly known as: French Staghorn Fern

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Epiphyte
Evergreen
Fern
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Autumn
Spring
Summer
Zone:
Zn9b - down to 25F

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