Tropical Gardening: Staghorn ferns or false staghorn ferns

True staghorn ferns normally grow as epiphytes. This specimen was planted in a hanging basket and thrives with little care. (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

Ferns were among the earliest plants and evolved millions of years ago. They were a major part of early forests in the days of the dinosaurs and perhaps the first to come back after the great asteroid event 66 million years ago.