Cyathea brevipinna Baker ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Trunk 1.5–3 m tall, with dense, reddish brown scales near top; leaf scars with persistent more or less fibrous stipe bases.
Fronds: stipe 25–50 cm long,, with scales more or less persistent, narrow, 2–3 cm long, with fine tip, dark brown with a lighter edge, warty below; costae and costules glabrescent below except for scattered warty bases of early shed scales, somewhat prickly, with antrorse hairs above, few or absent on costules; lamina tripinnate; primary pinnae to 20 cm long; secondary pinnae 3–5 cm long, 1–1.2 cm broad; largest pinnules, 10–15 pairs, 5–6 mm long, 2–5 mm broad, free; fertile pinnules deeply divided, with divisions rounded-crenate and curled over sori.
Sori attached on one side, with large, persistent indusia.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
On higher parts of mountains; often in exposed positions.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49
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