Cyathea amboinensis

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Cyathea amboinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Cyatheales
Family: Cyatheaceae
Genus: Cyathea
Subgenus: Cyathea
Section: Alsophila
Species: C. amboinensis
Binomial name
Cyathea amboinensis
(Alderwerelt van Rosenburgh) Merrill, 1917
Synonyms
  • Alsophila amboinensis Alderwerelt van Rosenburgh, 1916
  • Cyathea amboinensis Domin, 1929

Cyathea amboinensis is a species of tree fern native to the Maluku Islands and possibly central and southern Sulawesi, where it grows in swamp and forest at low elevations. This species has an erect trunk, usually 2-4 m tall. Fronds are 1-2 m long and bi- or tripinnate. The stipe is warty near the base and covered with scattered scales that are dark, glossy, and have fragile edges. Sori occur near the midvein of fertile pinnules and are covered by small, dark indusia which resemble small scales.

The specific epithet amboinensis refers to Ambon or Amboina, an island in the Moluccas.

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