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Elfin Tree Fern (Cyathea dryopteroides)

Photo Credit: J Possley
  • Global Rank: N/A
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Cyatheaceae
  • State: PR
  • Nature Serve ID: XXXXXX
  • Lifeform: Shrub, Tree
  • Categories of Interest: Ferns
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Cyathea dryopteroides is a small tree fern ~ 2 feet tall with a one inch trunk. The individual fronds are ~ 3 feet long. It grows exclusively in Elfin forests, high in the peaks of the Cordillera Central Mountain Range in Puerto Rico. Cyathea dryopteroides is threatened by the loss/destruction of its habitat.

Where is Elfin Tree Fern (Cyathea dryopteroides) located in the wild?


high humidity, shade, upper montane wet forest

States & Provinces:

Elfin Tree Fern can be found in Puerto Rico

Which CPC Partners conserve Elfin Tree Fern (Cyathea dryopteroides)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 01/01/2010

forest cutting communication towers and maintenance roads

  • 01/01/2010

3 populations totaling ca 95 individuals known, all within Toro Negro and Monte Guilarte State Forests

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Taxon Cyathea dryopteroides
Authority Maxon
Family Cyatheaceae
CPC Number 1203
ITIS 194772
Duration Perennial
Common Names Elfin Tree Fern
Associated Scientific Names Alsophila dryopteroides | Alsophila amintae | Cyathea dryopteroides | Cyathea X dryopteroides
State Rank
State State Rank
Puerto Rico
Ecological Relationships


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