Cibotium menziesii

COMMON NAME

Hapu'u or Hawaiian tree fern

TYPE

Fern

FAMILY

Dicksoniaceae

NOTES

Hawai'i's largest tree fern. It can reach 35 feet in height, but often grows only 7 to 25 feet tall. The trunk can be up to 2 1/2 feet in diameter. The fronds arch and can grow as long as 12 feet. The fronds of Cibotium menziesii are smooth and slightly paler underneath with yellowish midribs. The pulu (frond fibers) are used to absorb bodily fluid from corpses in preparation for traditional burials. These same fibers are also used in handcrafted pillows. It is named after the Scottish naturalist Archibald Menzies

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Endemic on all the major Hawaiian islands

NATIVE HABITAT

Grows in moist and wet forests and is most common at elevations ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 feet

WEB SOURCES

ctahr.hawaii.edu

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info



Cibotium menziesii