Blechnum tabulare

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Mountain blechnum
Blechnum tabulare - Afromontane.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Athyriales
Family: Blechnaceae
Genus: Blechnum
Species: B. tabulare
Binomial name
Blechnum tabulare

Blechnum tabulare or the Mountain blechnum is a large, attractive fern that is indigenous to sub-saharan Africa.

It occurs from the Cape, South Africa, as far north as Uganda and Nigeria. This fern's natural habitat is along river banks and on the margins of afro-montane forests. It grows very well in shady areas, making it a popular plant for African gardens. Unfortunately this has led to a large illegal trade in these plants which has seen their numbers decline.

They grow in a similar way to the classic tree ferns (Cyathea), and are also often mistaken for being cycads.

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