Filicium decipiens

COMMON NAME

Fern Tree or Thika Palm

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Sapindaceae

NOTES

Slow-growing tree with a straight, short trunk and a dense, neatly shaped rounded crown. The bark is smooth and pale brown on young trees, on older trees becoming rough, fissured and flaking. In its native habitat, it reaches heights of 16 to 65 ft tall. The evergreen leaves are large, fern-like and showy. The genus Filicium comes from the Latin filix meaning fern. It refers to the foliage of the tree resembling fern fronds. The species epithet decipiens means "deceptive", alluding to the deceptive nature of the leaves in resembling fern fronds.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Sri Lanka, southern India and East Africa

NATIVE HABITAT

It is found in forest near river valleys, up to 1600 m altitude.

WEB SOURCES

florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg

iplantz.com



Filicium decipiens