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Cyathea Fern tree Paku pohon Cyatheaceae
 

Cyathea, Ferntree, Pohon tertua

 

Cyathea, Ferntree, Pohon tertua

Apart from Asplenium this is the largest genus of ferns, with over 600 species scattered through humid tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Some botanists have split off large groups of species into separate genera, notably Alsophila and Sphaeropteris, but most fern experts no longer agree with this.
Cyathea species vary greatly in size, but most are single-stemmed with a trunk that may be as much as 50 ft (15 m) tall and an umbrella-like crown of very large fronds.
The frond bases are usually covered in hairs or chaffy scales and may be quite prickly as well; they often persist on the trunk but even after they decay completely their scars make an interesting pattern on the trunk.
Cultivation: In warm-climate gardens few plants create such dramatic effects as these tree ferns, some of which are quite fast-growing under ideal conditions.
They prefer a humid atmosphere, part-shade, and a moist, humus-rich soil. In warm weather they need plentiful watering and may need frequent mist-spraying during hot dry spells.
When young many species make attractive indoor plants if a suitably humid environment can be maintained. Propagate by spores .Established plants must be transplanted with care.

Edible Parts: The young leaves and the soft inner portion of the trunk are edible. Boil the young leaves and eat as greens. Eat the inner portion of the trunk raw or bake it.

 

Cyathea, Ferntree, Pohon tertua

Cyathea, Ferntree, Pohon tertua

   

 

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