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Sphaeropteris lepifera

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Sphaeropteris lepifera
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Cyatheales
Family: Cyatheaceae
Genus: Sphaeropteris
S. lepifera
Binomial name
Sphaeropteris lepifera
(J.Sm. ex Hooker.) R.M.Tryon
  • Alsophila calocoma Christ
  • Alsophila lepifera J.Sm. ex Hook.
  • Alsophila pustulosa Christ
  • Cyathea calocoma Copel.
  • Cyathea lepifera (J.Sm. ex Hook.) Copel.
  • Cyathea pteridioides Copel.
  • Cyathea pustulosa Copel.
  • Cyathea umbrosa Copel.

Sphaeropteris lepifera, synonym Cyathea lepifera, the brush pot tree (Chinese: 筆筒樹; pinyin: bǐtǒng shù), is a tree fern that grows in the mountains of East and Southeast Asia, which can grow up to 20 feet (6.1 m) tall.[1] The plant has existed for over 300 million years and is considered a living fossil.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Steve Parker (2009). Ferns, Mosses & Other Spore-Producing Plants. Capstone. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7565-4220-7.

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