Largest Staghorn Fern In The World?


Melbourne Florida may hold the record for having the largest staghorn fern in the world. While it may not be official, I’ve scoured the internet for pictures and have yet to come up with one as large as the one at the Rossetter House and Museum. As you can see from the pictures here, this is one giant staghorn fern.

The plant is in the garden at the Rossetter house on the northeastern side of the home and we even made a second trip out to the Melbourne historical landmark to get additional pictures. Many times when people take pictures of their staghorn ferns they don’t stand near them or put anything near it so as to be able to judge their size. However, we went back to the house to get some more pictures than what we got on our first visit and had my wife Jean stand next to it so you can see exactly how big this thing is.

It used to be on the branch of the tree you see it next to, but a few years ago the branch could no longer support it so it was placed on a stack of cement blocks that now hold it up. We had to be careful measuring it so as not to break any branches, but as far as we could tell it is probably 10 feet wide from branch tip to branch tip at its largest width and is about 5 to 6 feet tall if it were sitting on the ground.

While I don’t think there’s an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and no one is officially keeping records this one has to be close if not the largest staghorn fern in the world. I’ve never seen anything like it. If you know of another one that is as large, please leave a comment and a link. You can see this staghorn fern in Melbourne at the Rossetter House for free. You do not have to pay admission to the home to walk through the gardens. Any time the home is open for business, you can see the gardens.

See additional staghorn fern photos here and staghorn ferns for sale.

Enjoy some additional photos of this huge staghorn fern below:

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10 Responses to Largest Staghorn Fern In The World?

  1. Lynda says:

    I know of a Giant Staghorn Fern that’s ready for a new home. These must be very valuable because it is so rare to find ones of this size. Any idea on the fair way to value them and how to connect with interested buyers?

    • admin says:

      I don’t really know how one would value a staghorn fern, but I have heard some go for fairly high prices. Maybe putting an ad on Craigslist or just Googling “staghorn fern price” would give you the answer.

  2. Larry Miller says:

    I’m new to this staghorn plant craze. I have one half the size of the so call largest one pictured and after some investagation I’ve found out mine may be worth as much as#400.00, and i’m interested in selling it,OBO.

    Larry Miller

  3. ROBERT says:

    I ALSO HAVE ONE ABOUT HALF THE SIZE OF THE “LARGEST IN THE WORLD” CONTACT AT 321-984-1800 $400 SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT,ALTHO I HAVE HEARD OF SOME IN SOUTH FL GOING FOR AS MUCH AS $ 3000

  4. Ron says:

    I have a healthy and beautiful staghorn for sale. Can email photos. It is approximately 5 ft. tall and 5-6 ft. wide. It hangs by a rope on a pulley. I am asking $400. Located in South Louisiana.

  5. Monica says:

    I have a staghorn fern in my backyard in St. Pete that is bigger than this. It encircles a large pine tree. I would love to post a picture, but can’t figure out how to do it on this website. Can you tell me how?

  6. linda lane says:

    i actually have one larger and fuller for sale , it’s very healthy, worth over $3K will sell for less . mine was started by a houriculturist over 30 yrs. ago. we are in seminole fl. call 727-510-1510 if interested no texts please. i can email photo.

  7. Jean Mock says:

    I have one growing very large beautiful staghorn.It’s approx. 25 yrs. old & multiplying like mad. Anyone interested in a pup I will divide it. 727-424-7393.
    I live in Treasure Island, FL. Jean

  8. Debra Kisamore says:

    I have a VERY LARGE Staghorn forsale approximately 50 years old, and about 7′ in diameter, very healthy. $1,000 OBO. I have two others that are between 3′ – 5′ in diameter they are located in Durant, Florida (between Plant City and Brandon). Must Sell

  9. lowell clark says:

    Have large staghorn fern for sale approximate 98 inches in diameter south florida bring offers u pick up upon sale 7722881100

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