Cyathea abbottii

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Cyathea abbottii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Cyatheales
Family: Cyatheaceae
Genus: Cyathea
Subgenus: Cyathea
Section: Alsophila
Species: C. abbottii
Binomial name
Cyathea abbottii
Maxon, 1924
Synonyms
  • Alsophila abbottii (Maxon) Tryon, 1970

Cyathea abbottii is a species of tree fern native to Hispaniola, where it grows in shaded montane forest at an altitude of 700-1200 m. The trunk is erect and can grow up to 1.6 m in height and 5 cm in diameter. Fronds may reach 1.5 m in length and are pinnate. The rachis is brown and is covered in golden-brown to bicoloured (pale and brown) basal scales. Sori are arranged in two rows along each side of the pinnule midvein. Indusia are rounded and in the shape of a cup.

The species is named after William Louis Abbott (1860-1936), who collected numerous plants on Hispaniola.

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