The first Alcicorne California I purchased was from Paul Isley in July 2005. I received another from Tony Barrett in June of 2006. Tony's ID Tag shows that he bought his from Charles de France in 2/95. In a conversation with Charles, he said that he has had his sire for over 23 years.
Miles Goodman was kind enough to forward me this history of the name "Alcicorne", please read below:
At one time, Alcicorne was used to describe the plant known as “elk horn” or “antler “ fern. These plants from
More recently, an unusual platycerium, was discovered and collected. This species imported from
Roy Vail, author of Playcerium Hobbyist's Handbook encourages collectors to reserve the name Alcicorne for plants from Madagascar and South Eastern Africa and Bifurcatum for the Australian and common staghorn.
Popular use continues to call the Staghorn Bifurcatum, “