|P. alcicorne - P. vassei||
Easy-to-grow species with upright fertile fronds, dark green.
Basal fronds turn brown naturally. Pups well. Semi-hardy to 40°F (4.4°C). Native to Madagascar and East Africa.
|P. andinum|| Moderately
difficult. This dry forest species needs good ventilation, and drying between watering. Fronds covered
with dense silvery hairs. Pups well. Only Platycerium native
to South America, specifically in the mountains of Bolivia and Peru. Temperatures between 70-80°F (21.1-26.6°C), low of 60°F (15.5°C). Requires low light.
|P. bifurcatum|| The
most common species in cultivation and also the easiest
to grow. Produces large numbers of "pups," eventually forming a very large plant. Dark green color.Hardy to temperatures of 25-30°F (1.1°C) for short periods. Many varieties are available. Native to Australia and New Guinea.
|P. elephantotis (P. angolense)||Moderately difficult. Thrives in warm temperatures of 80-90°F (26.6-32.2°C), low of 60°F (15.5°C). Produces large unbranched foliar fronds, dark green. Basal fronds brown in the winter. Large fern. Native to dry forests of tropical Africa.|
|P. grande||Difficult to grow. Likes high humidity but is easily over-watered. Young plants produce only basal fronds. Foliar fronds reclining, light green in color. Does not pup. Tender below 60°F (15.5°C). A large fern, prized by collectors. Native to Philippines.|
|P. hillii||Easy to grow with semi-erect dark green foliar fronds. Produces pups. Semi-hardy to 40°F (4.4°C). Several varieties are available. Native to Australia and New Guinea.|
small Platycerium, from Madagascar. It is essentially a twig epiphyte, and
is inhabited by ants, which live in the gaps created by the waffled shield
of the most striking and beautiful Platycerium. It is difficult to grow. This
grows very high in trees. Subject to rots and other diseases, and a
favorite of many plant eating pests. One problem is that this is a solitary
species. This means that,
if an insect eats the bud, the plant will die. The veins are raised. Ants in habitat inhabit this species, and this means it likes good fertility and the substrate should be somewhat acidic.
|P. stemaria||More difficult to grow, requiring temperatures of 80°F (26.6°C) and not below 50°F (10°C). Needs high humidity and frequent watering. Semi-erect, large foliar fronds with a silvery case when young. Pups well. Large plant native to tropical Africa|
|P. superbum||Difficult to grow. Very similar in appearance to P. grande when young. Easily over-watered. Large reclining foliar fronds light green in color. Does not pup. Hardy to 30°F (1.1°C) for short periods, although prolonged cold temperatures not tolerated. Prized by collectors. Native to Australia.|
|P. veitchii||A common and easy-to-grow species with erect, silvery foliar fronds. Produces pups. Semi-hardy to temperatures of 25-30°F (1.1°C) and tolerant of light frost. A semi-desert species native to Australia that requires a lot of light.|
|P. wandae||Difficult to grow species. High humidity, easily over-watered. Temperatures between 80-90°F (26.6-32.2°C), lows of 60°F (15.5°C). Possibly largest Platycerium. Native to New Guinea.|