Fern paradise: Platycerium hillii (Papuan form). This fern species is native to Australia and Papua (New Guinea), also reportedly occurring in the Philippines. Its name is given after Walter Hill (1820-1904), then the superintendent of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, who discovered the fern in northern Queensland in 1877. There are several cultivars within this species, almost all of which are descendants of the Australian native hillii. One of these is well known here under the name of Platycerium panama, or most properly Platycerium hillii cv. "Panama". Meanwhile this Papuan native hillii (in photo) is known here as kadaka doa, or less commonly as kadaka amin, representing its upright fertile fronds that look like human hands while saying "amen" during prayer. Other funny names include kadaka jari (looking like fingers), kadaka pot (growing well in pots), kadaka duduk (sitting on pots?), and kadaka brasilia (from Brazil?). Any other names?
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