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Post Tree Fern id
Hi I am looking for help in identifiing this tree fern.
It is from Lembang , West Java, Indonesia.
I think its an alsophilia type and it seems to grow in clumps with pups growing from the trunk.


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Wed May 17, 2017 1:22 pm
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Post Re: Tree Fern id
Hi Trevor, Resembles Cyathea spinulosa but there are undoubtedly more species with spines :!:

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Wed May 17, 2017 3:27 pm
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Hi Edward Thanks for the reply
Im not sure it is spinulosa. The photo's are not great but in person it did not seem very spiny also I cant find any reference to it growing in clumps and growing pups and I also cant find reference to it growing in west java.
I have never seen tree ferns that grow in groups of 4 or 5 trunks together with new ones growing from the trunks and the bases of trunks but I do recall seeing something similar on this site but I think the tree fern was from Mexico ? Im not sure I will look through the forums when I can and see what I can find.

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Post Re: Tree Fern id
Cyathea Mexicana / Alsophila firma?


Thu May 18, 2017 11:29 am
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Hi Joris
Thanks for your thoughts

I found this thread that also mentions the tree fern Cyathea Mexicana
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8424&p=87499&hilit=mexican+tree+fern#p87499

It is a very close resemblance to the tree fern I am looking to id and is the only example of an alsophilia type that clumps \ suckers that I can find but what would a Mexican tree fern be doing growing wild at 2 different locations 50km apart in the mountains of west Java?

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Post Re: Tree Fern id
That's a mystery indeed, however if you look at the map... there's "only" the Pacific between Mexico and Indonesia with, I guess quiet simular kind of biotopes. Spores travel vast distances by air...and you only need one out of millions that is succesful to form a new colony...but that's just a wild guess...Tourism is also responsible for spreading plants... or GOTE enthusiasts ;-)

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