Alsophila nilgirensis (Holtt.) R. M. Tryon, Contr. Gray Herb. 200: 32 1970. (syn: Alsophila latebrosa Hook.; Alsophila latebrosa var. schmidiana Kunze; Alsophila nilgirensis (Holtt.) B. Nayar & Kaur (ambiguous synonym); Cyathea nilgirensis Holtt.; Cyathea nilgirensis var. lobata Manickam & Irud.; Cyathea schmidiana (Kunze) N.C.Nair);
S. India as per POWO;
India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu) as per Catalogue of life;

Tree Fern at Munnar- PKA56 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

This Tree Fern was seen near a stream at Shola Forest near Munnar.
This Tree Fern was approx 2 to 3 m in ht.
Looks like Cyathea sp.. Could this be Cyathea nilgirensis??

I’m sorry to say, but tree-ferns are not identifiable from general photos like that. One has to see the details of the hairs or scales underneath the segment-midribs, close-up. It may be C. nilgirensis, but could be others as well – but anyway, in Section Alsophila.
I often find because people posting photos do not consult the important literature, they do not know what one needs to show for identification. – so like this end up with an unidentifiable photo.


Fwd: Cyathea nilgirensis Holttum SN 21420a : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.
Cyathea nilgirensis Holttum is tree (Palm like), endemic and threatened taxa wild fern from Western Ghats Tamilnadu. 

Yes, presumably – should have spines on the stipe. Photo not clear.  Locality? – ?Shevaroys?




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