Dicksonia antarctica —Soft Tree-fern, Brown Tree-fern—DICKSONIACEAE

Dicksonia antarctica

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Habitat—Widespread in mountain gullies, especially in cooler rainforest, usually along creeks

Distribution—North from Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Trunk thick, commonly to 30 cm diam, 4.5 m high but may get considerably larger, densely covered with dark red-brown hairs towards the crown and covered with coarse, brown, fibrous roots towards the base. .

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops and Karloo Street Reserve.

Fronds.

Mostly 1—3 m long, spreading; stipe to 30 cm long, green to yellowish brown, ± smooth except for a clump of red-brown hairs at base, base later persistent on the trunk; lamina to 3.5 m long, 3—pinnate, quite leathery, dark glossy green above, paler below.
Dicksonia antarctica
Dicksonia antarctica

Sori.—Sori c. 1 mm diam., indusium persistent.