Cyathea cooperi — Straw Treefern —CYATHEACEAE

Cyathea cooperi

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Habitat—In gullies in warm coastal rainforest.

Distribution—Trunk to 12 m high, to 15 cm diam., patterned with ovate scars where stipe bases have shed cleanly; stipes yellowish brown to brown, warty, the bases deciduous, scales of the stipe base of two kinds, pale and 2—5 cm long and 0.5 to 5 mm wide, and inconspicuous red-brown scales 0.5 to 1.5 cm long and to 0.5 mm wide.

Description—From the Durras Mountains on the south Coast in New South Wales, north into Queensland. Also in Western Australia.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, One Mile Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Wallamba Cove and Wallamba River Area.

Fronds.— To 5 m long; stipe to at least 50 cm, the warts brown and to 0.5 mm high; lamina 3—pinnate at the base, green above, paler below, ultimate segments toothed in upper half.

Cyathea cooperi
Cyathea cooperi

Sori.—Bearing a ring of scales