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Re: Tree-fern query from Hawaii

Robert Newman wrote:
Do you know where this Angiopteris evecta is native to?
Robert Newman, San Fernando Valley, CA

(on list, this time)

It's native to north eastern Australia. I've seen huge specimens in the Cape Tribulation rainforest north of Cairns, QLD, and "smaller" ones on Fraser Island (ie only 10 foot fronds!). It may grow as far south as northern New South Wales, but has been reported as extinct in that state, though Flora of Australia (FoA) doesn't confirm this. According to FoA, vol 48, it also grows in the Northern Territory. FoA says, cryptically, "Also throughout the Palaeotropics".

It's a truly gigantic fern. Not as tall, by any measure, as the huge Cyatheas in New Zealnd, but frond-wise, immense.



David Nicholls
Nicholls Communications

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