We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Cyathea?

Niki Acker
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cyathea is a genus of about 470 species of tree fern growing throughout the world's tropical climates. Most species have a single tall stem and a fibrous mass of roots. Some species have creeping or branching trunks, but they are rare.

The Norfolk tree fern, Cyathea brownii, is the world's largest species of tree fern, able to reach at least 67 feet (20 meters) in height. In the wild, C. brownii grows only on Norfolk Island. It is sometimes cultivated, and is easy to grow from spores, but its height and susceptibility to frost present difficulties to the gardener. The plant requires well-drained soil, high humidity and frequent watering, and good light.

C. cooperi, native to Australia, is one of the most commonly cultivated tree ferns. Its common names include Cooper's tree fern, Australian tree fern, and lacy tree fern. It is valued for its hardiness, as it is easy to grow in many different climates. Cooper's tree fern grows best in a shady, protected environment with moist soil. It has been naturalized outside its native habitat, and has become an invasive species in Hawaii.

The silver tree fern, C. dealbata, has a native range limited to New Zealand. Its common name refers to its silver fronds. C. dealbata can grow to 33 feet (10 meters) in height, and rare, creeping varieties of the fern exist. The tree is often used as a symbol of New Zealand, particularly by New Zealand sports teams. This tree fern grows best in well-drained soil, and requires protection from high winds and frost.

C. medullaris, the black tree fern, is also only found in New Zealand. It is much taller than the silver tree fern, approaching the height of Norfolk tree ferns. This tree fern is named for its black trunk. Its timber has been used as a rough building material.

Other species of Cyathea native to the Pacific include C. propinqua, which grows in Fiji and Samoa, and C. semiamplectens, native to New Guinea. Asian Cyathea species include C. squamulata, native to Southeast Asia, and C. chinensis, native to parts of China, India, and Southeast Asia. C. acanthophora grows only on the island of Borneo. Some Cyathea plants in the western hemisphere include C. abbottii, native to Hispaniola, and C. delgadii, which grows throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Niki Acker
By Niki Acker
"In addition to her role as a HomeQuestionsAnswered editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide range of interesting and unusual topics to gather ideas for her own articles. A graduate of UCLA with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology, Niki's diverse academic background and curiosity make her well-suited to create engaging content for WiseGeekreaders. "
Discussion Comments
Niki Acker
Niki Acker
"In addition to her role as a HomeQuestionsAnswered editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide...
Learn more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.