Giant Tree Fern

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I took this photo underneath the canopy of a very large tree fern last year in Cuba. In hindsight I realize that while the area was mountainous, the lower landscape was quite hot and dry. Some lower areas were tree-filled and lush, but when I look back on pictures it is apparent that the region was primarily scrubby grassland.

The only explanation I have for the success of a tree fern in this particular spot is that it was a part of a tended garden. Someone watered it daily!

On a previous trip to Cuba we saw tree ferns growing in the mountains but it has taken me this long to work out that tree ferns, being ferns, most likely prefer cooler, shadier, and moist locations. Duh!

Dominica on the other hand has a lot of rain forest. I expect to see several tree ferns growing wild up in the mountains. Exciting!

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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2 thoughts on “Giant Tree Fern

  1. I saw this link on Twitter and had to click immediately, thinking, “Could it be, a name for those giant fern tree things?” I saw them in excess in El Yunce, Puerto Rico. They’re so damn beautiful, and it’s always amazing to see tropicals in their native habitat.

  2. Van: I agree. It is always a thrill since the plants are so much larger and their growth habit different than the houseplant versions we have here. It blows my mind every time. I learn something new about the needs of the plant, too.

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