Plant Database forum: Blonde tree fern

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Name: Elena
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Apr 27, 2014 5:41 AM CST
I saw this plant at the NY Botanical Gardens. It was named Sphaeropteris horrida but I can't put it in the ATP because it says it isn't a valid name. Since the name could have been changed since the NYBG made the sign I just want to know what is the current genus and species of this plant. The plant is from Mexico & Central America. Here are some photos of the plant.

Thanks for your help!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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Apr 27, 2014 6:10 AM CST Admin

The Catalogue of Life shows that Sphaeropteris horrida is a synonym for Cyathea bourgaei and as you found, it's not in our database. I've added it for you:

Blonde Tree Fern (Sphaeropteris horrida)

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