Staghorn ferns grow in tropical places by sporing onto trees. They are often mounted onto boards to make a beautiful wall hanging. They also do just fine in a pot! They can get rather large over time with the right car. They have fronds, the "leaves", and shields, the brown/ green covering that grows out of the base of the plant. Don't remove the brown shields, they are what protects the plants base and attaches it to surfaces! Water once weekly and feed them a banana peel every so often!