Sadleria cyatheoides 'tree ferns' in Hawaii
Sadleria cyatheoides is a diminutive treefern-like species that grows as an understorey plant in the recognised Hapu'u Cibotium tree fern forests. It's also a rapid self-sporing coloniser of disturbed volcanic soil by the side of tracks and ditches. You guys in the islands might know it as 'ama'uma'u. But for us unlucky folk in chillier regions, I think it's a great sub-tropical trunk-forming fern for a protected glasshouse and always recommend it when people ask for advice on 'tree ferns that stay small and don't take too long to grow'...almost a contradction in terms!
Is it widely available in Hawaii, do you use it in your garden plantings?
Steve Pope - Brighton, Sussex Coast, England, UK