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Cibotium chamissoi

Hāpuʻu or Hāpuʻu meu

Cibotiaceae

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

ʻAiea Ridge Trail, Oʻahu

 

Underside of frond showing the sori (fern spore).

 

Etymology

The generic name Cibotium is from the Greek kibotion, diminutive of kibotos, a box or casket, in reference to the indusium, a part of the fern blade that covers the sorus (spores).

 

The specific name, chamissoi, named for Ludolf Karl Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838), French-born German explorer, naturalist, author, poet, and plant collector.

 

www.nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Cibotium_chamissoi

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Taken on September 7, 2010