These ferns grow all over the forests of northern Okinawa, the area we call Yanbaru. Today I was back up that way again shooting coffee plants when Flying Spider-monkey Tree Fern popped into my head.
Doc and RyukyuRu were up above at the coffee house drinking freshly made iced coffee. I didn't mention spiders, monkeys, or anything. I drank some coffee, too. Then, shot a few more photos of little potted coffee plants. Doc bought a couple of them. We thanked the guy running the place and went off on our next adventure, chasing the sun with our cameras.
A few hours later as we were coming down out of the mountains RyukyuRu says "Hey, Mike. Look at those ferns. There's a bunch of them over there". I told him they're spider monkey arm ferns, or something like that. And, they have been driving me nuts, ever since.
Well, I downloaded my camera and developed the shots. Then, I did some serious research.
They are Flying Spider-monkey Tree Ferns (Cyathea lepifera) because someone thinks the way the new plants and leafs form looks like a spider monkey's arm. I don't make this stuff up.
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TREE FERNS photos and descriptions.
WIKIMEDIAORG photo from Okinawa, Japan.
SPIDER MONKEYS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for monkey fans.