Cyathea sect. Alsophila

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Order: Cyatheales
Family: Cyatheaceae
Genus: Cyathea
Subgenus: Cyathea
Section: Alsophila
R. Brown, 1810

Alsophila is a section in the subgenus Cyathea. The name was originally applied to a genus of tree ferns which is now considered to be synonymous with Cyathea.

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1971 comedy film A New Leaf, Henrietta Lowell (played by Elaine May) is a botanist whose dream is to classify a new species of fern. On a honeymoon trip, she indeed discovers a new species which she names Alsophila grahami after her new husband Henry Graham (Walter Matthau). She describes the plant as having a vestigial indusium.



  • Braggins, John E. & Large, Mark F. 2004. Tree Ferns. Timber Press, Inc., pp. 84-86. ISBN 0-88192-630-2