"Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

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"Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby scarey25 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:16 pm

Hi, not sure what this is 'growing' on the underside of the leaf. Looks a bit like, and has texture of, moss. Hopefully pictures are enough to help identify! If you're able to identify, what do I do to get rid of 'it'? Your help is appreciated.
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Photo, under leaf.
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Photo, top of leaf.
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Re: "Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby tam » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:03 pm

It is spore [seeds]. You can remove it, put it on a wet brick, keep moist and you may grow some new plants.
As your staghorn gets older you will see larger patches of it.
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Re: "Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby Pam » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:59 am

Being so localised, and with the mark on the top of the leaf, I'm not so sure, Tam?
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Re: "Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby scarey25 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:08 am

Looking at other pictures and videos of stags with spores, this patch doesn't look quite the same. The brown area of growth is about 1cm deep (photos probably don't capture this well), rather than what in other pictures of spores seems to be quite a thin layer on the leaf. Perhaps spores are produced differently, I'm really not sure! I should have said too I'm posting from Adelaide.
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Re: "Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby Tropicgardener » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:23 pm

I think that it is a spore patch........it is very small but I was looking at a staghorn today with a similar sized patch..... Just wondering how long it has been on there? When they first form they are more of a terracotta or rusty brown colour and are quite firm, after they mature they become all fuzzy and release their spores.
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Re: "Growth" on Staghorn Leaf

Postby tam » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:32 pm

Pam, the mark is on the underside of the leaf.
I would say it is an old patch as they do get thick with age.
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