Platycerium: A Pretty Peculiar Plant



The plants of the genus Platycerium are more commonly known as Staghorn or Elkhorn ferns. They grow on trees, but are not parasites, because they generate their own nutrition from water and sunlight. However, they grow on other trees, and produces two types of fern fronds -one to catch sunlight, the other to surround its roots, hold water, and connect the plant to the tree. Read more about these fascinating ferns and see lots of pictures at Kuriositas. Link -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson)

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My uncle has one of these things. His weighs about 250 pounds, and he has no idea what to do with it. It reminds me of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Every time I water it, I sing "Feed me, Seymour"
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