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staghorn fern

noun
1.
any of several epiphytic Old World ferns of the genus Platycerium, having broad, often antlerlike leaves and cultivated as a houseplant.
Origin of staghorn fern
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • You see here the elk or staghorn fern, which grows as a parasite on the palm or the petosperum of New Zealand.

British Dictionary definitions for staghorn fern

staghorn fern

/ˈstæɡˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
any of various tropical and subtropical ferns of the genus Platycerium with fronds resembling antlers
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