Staghorn from Africa and Madagascar
Before publishing “Platycerium Hobbyist’s Handbook” I came to the conclusion that the plant being sold as Platycerium vassei should be called Platycerium alcicorne. During the many years since the book came out botanists have continued to agree this is true, but hobbyists have been slow to change their labels.
The word “alcicorne” means elk or moose antler. This species looks as much like the common name “staghorn fern” as any of the Platycerium.
Platycerium alcicorne is native to eastern Madagascar, some other islands, and parts of the east coast of Africa. Localities in print are, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mocambique, and Grande Comore. It is said that they are locally abundant in several types of humid forests, and in plantations, at elevations from 0 to 600 meters. (sea level to 2,000 feet)
(Written by Roy Vail – www.platycerum.co.za)