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Platycerium bifurcatum

Platycerium bifurcatum

Today's image is courtesy of Van in NYC@Flickr (original image | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Van in NYC took this tilted photograph at the Santa Barbara Zoo – it's worthwhile to note that zoos often have extensive botanical collections. Thanks again, Van in NYC!

It's a holiday Monday, so just a few links for an entry today. The Australian National Botanic Gardens provides an excellent information sheet on this New Guinea and Australian native: Growing Platycerium bifurcatum. If you're interested in some of the biology behind staghorn (or elkhorn) ferns, see: Kreier, H and Schneider, H. 2006. Phylogeny and biogeography of the staghorn fern genus Platycerium (Polypodiaceae, Polypodiidae) (abstract, if the full article isn't available). American Journal of Botany. 93:217-225.

For a humourous staghorn fern, see this BPotD submission: Staghorn Fern Bug? (thanks, toutlan!).

Photography resource link: National Geographic has a section on their web site dedicated to photography, with many photo galleries to explore if you've some time!

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A staghorn fern, a palm tree trunk, a fig tree trying to get started, a bunch of clivia, , a tree fern, a royal palm and some oaks in the back. We hit the jackpot today. Everything looks sort of tipped over to the left.

Some great links here! Thank you for all of this.

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