Cyathea brooksii

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Cyathea brooksii
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C. brooksii
Binomial name
Cyathea brooksii
Maxon, 1909
Synonyms
  • Alsophila brooksii (Maxon) Tryon, 1970

Cyathea brooksii is a species of tree fern native to Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, where it grows on serpentine soils in shaded ravines, along streams, and on forested slopese at an altitude of 250–950 m. The trunk is prostrate and only about 6 cm in diameter. Fronds are pinnate or bipinnate and up to 2 m long. The base of the rachis is covered with blackish scales that have a paler margin. Sori occur in two rows, one along each side of the pinnule midvein.

In the wild, C. brooksii is known to hybridise with Cyathea fulgens and Cyathea portoricensis, although the resulting plants are thought to be sterile.

This taxon is not to be confused with Cyathea brooksii (Copeland, 1911), which is a synonym of Cyathea squamulata.

References[edit]

  • Braggins, John E. & Large, Mark F. 2004. Tree Ferns. Timber Press, Inc., p. 106. ISBN 0-88192-630-2
  • The International Plant Names Index: Cyathea brooksii