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Mike's Blog - Day 106

Our first “Epiphyte” – a plant which grows on something else rather than in the soil, without taking anything from its host, unlike the hay rattle (Day 74). This one is the common Staghorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum, sometimes also called Stags horn fern or Elk horn fern.

It's just growing on the wall by the Orchid collection in the greenhouse, and has been one of those plants on the daily check list for watering/misting since day one.

In the wild, these grow in or near rainforests on the side of tree trunks in Eastern Australia, Java and New Guinea. It’s a weird and wonderful plant.

Thanks for today’s bamboo shoot pic from Bill. Shhh, I think it’s on the move (day 4).