The Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is a stunning epiphytic plant, which means they naturally grow on other plants or trees. The Staghorn has large bifurcated "leaves" called fronds that grow from the center of the plant. The fronds are called antler fronds as they are shaped like a deer's antlers. The Staghorn's roots are covered by a second frond circular in shape called a shield frond. The shield frond, which start out green then turn brown and dry out, protects the root system and helps the plant retain moisture. The brown shield frond is not a sign of distress and should not be removed.
Relatively easy to care for and propagate, place your staghorn where it can be watered regularly and the water draining will not be an issue. Many people place their staghorns in shady areas of trees or on a post outside of direct sunlight. Because the Staghorn fern has a small root system, it is susceptible to root rot so while you need to water it frequently, let it dry out in between.