Cyathea - Cyatheaceae

Cyathea camerooniana Hook. var. aethiopica (Welw. ex Hook.) Holttum






Alsophila camerooniana (Hook.) R.M.Tryon var. aethiopica (Welw. ex Hook.) J.P.Roux
Alsophila aethiopica Welw. ex Hook.
Cyathea aethiopica (Welw. ex Hook.) Domin
Alsophila congoensis Bonap.
Cyathea principis Domin

Common name


Indusia forming very small discs around bases of sori, completely covered by the sporangia; receptacle bearing many long slender crinkled paraphysis which are persistent.



camerooniana: from Cameroon, where this fern was first found, aethiopica: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa.


Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Dem. Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko).

Growth form



  • Holttum, R.E. (1981) The Tree-Ferns of Africa.Kew Bulletin, 36(3) Page 480.
  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Page 61. As Alsophila camerooniana var. aethiopica.