Tropical Gardening: Staghorn ferns are the survivors of dinosaur days
By NORMAN BEZONA Professor emeritus, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources | Saturday, January 15, 2022, 12:05 a.m.
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Stag horn ferns are usually epiphytic. That is, growing on trees and combine with other air plants like orchids and bromeliads to create fascinating air gardens. Most come from Africa, Asia and Australia.
Hawaiian gardens have long been famous for their vast array of orchids and other showy flowering plants. Ferns on the other hand don’t get top billing in most landscapes even though they were probably the first vascular plants to make Hawaii their home. In fact, ferns have been around long before flowering plants evolved.