Platycerium Elephantotis fern is Tropical species of Platycerium Fern and before the botanist decided to change the name it was known as Platycerium angolense. The changing of it name came about , Because its Fertile Fronds resemble the large and rounded ears of an elephants ear This Platycerium Species has a natural living habitat located , within the western tropical rain forest of Africa. But can readily be found living in and around western Uganda along with Platycerium stemmaria.
The upper portion of its Shield Fronds become quite tall , large , erect and wavy resembling a head of romaine lettuce and will have a lime green color to them . This upper portion , of the Shield Fronds, Have no water storage capacity and will survive until another set of Shield Fronds are produced . The lower portion , of its Shield Fronds , covers the root mass to keep the root mass damp, Between rains . This lower section has a spongy makeup that can absorb and retain moisture and are a lime green color .
The Fertile Fronds of Platycerium elephantotis are round at its ends and does not have any indentations . The veins in the Fertile Fronds are thick, raised and very easily seen . The Fertile Fronds of the true platy. Platycerium elephantotis are a darker shade of lime green than the Fertile Fronds of its Cultivar, Because the true Species has fewer stellate hairs upon these Fronds . The Shield and Fertile Fronds of the true elephantotis species , Has a very light coating of stellate hairs upon them.