Todea barbara—King Fern—OSMUNDACEAE.

Todea barbara

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Habitat— In damp places in rainforest of mountain areas and in tall open forest, sometimes in rock crevices in drier sites; widespread, especially on the ranges, often along streams; west to Mt Kaputar National Park in New South Wales.

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

Description— Arborescent fern; trunk to 3 m high, broad, dark, usually short and bearing 2 or more crowns of fronds.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Fronds.— 0.5 to 2.5 m long; the lower parts bearing soft, pale brown hairs; lamina 10 to 30 cm wide, dark green, leathery.

Todea barbara
Todea barbara

Sori.—Sporangia becoming confluent and dark brown, often covering the entire lower surface of the basal pinnae.