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Species profile—Cyathea celebica


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Species details

Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Cyathea celebica Blume
WildNet taxon ID
Back on Track (BoT) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
Excluded from Qld census: (BRI 07/05/2021)
Cyathea celebica is a tree fern growing to 6m tall. The stalk of the fronds are up to 1m long, blackish-purple in colour and strongly spiny at the base. The shiny, black spines are 3-6mm long. There are pale brown to whitish scales at the base of the stalk, measuring 40mm long by 1mm wide. The remainder of the stalk is covered with minute, bristly, interlacing scales.
The branch-like leaves are up to 3m long and the individual leaflets up to 70cm long. The leaflets are divided into smaller leaflets, each up to 13cm long and 2cm wide. These smaller leaflets consist of lobed or serrated segments attached to a mid-vein. On the underside of the leaflets, towards the mid-vein, are spore cases covered by an overlapping fringe of scales. (Bostock 1998)
Cyathea celebica occurs on steep slopes and river banks in rainforest, vine forest and forest margins, above 100m altitude. It grows on granitic soil, reddish soils and over metamorphic rock. (Bostock 1998)
Little is known on the biology of Cyathea celebica. However, it has been observed recolonising areas of cleared paddocks and in this regard acts as a pioneer species, similar to some other members of the genus Cyathea. (Peter Bostock pers. comm. Jan 2009)
Contributors: Peter Bostock, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009
Bostock, P.D. in McCarthy, P.M. (Ed) (1998). Flora of Australia 48: 203.
Herbrecs (2008). Cyathea celebica, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 29/09/2008.
Profile author
Peter Bostock (16/02/2009)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
7 September 2021
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