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Tree Fern

Category: Philippine Endangered Species
Date Posted: 2006-01-06

Scientific Name: Cyathea spp.

Family: Cyatheaceae

Common Name: Tree Fern

Local Name: Natong

Description: A large tree fern found in various mountains of the Philippines. The large leaves are a meter or two in length, with leaflets that are divided and then further subdivided. Its stalks are a meter or more in height and are covered with hairs and dull brown scales.

Habitat: Terrestrial, in moist primary forests, from about 200 to 1,300m elevation.

Conservation Status: Threatened

Threats: Over-collection for ornamental purposes

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