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Ferns and ClubmossesDicksonia antarctica

Soft tree fern at Coree, ACT

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Dicksonia antarctica at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Dicksonia antarctica at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Dicksonia antarctica at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Dicksonia antarctica at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Dicksonia antarctica at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018

Identification history

Ferns and Clubmosses Dicksonia antarctica 3 Nov 2018 MichaelMulvaney
Ferns and Clubmosses Dicksonia antarctica 28 Oct 2018 KenT

Author's notes

Growing on a dry creek bank among blackberries in an area subject to a prescribed burn in the past 12 months

9 comments

dcnicholls wrote:
   28 Oct 2018
Probably D. Antarctica, but I'd need to see more information on the main fronds
   3 Nov 2018
Given the location, I think we can assume that it is Dicksonia antartica
dcnicholls wrote:
   3 Nov 2018
Yet there's a Cyathea australis record not too far away. Which is why I was uncertain. A close up of the bases of the fronds will tell the story.
dcnicholls wrote:
   3 Nov 2018
I don't think this one is an absolute ID yet.
KenT wrote:
   3 Nov 2018
I do hope to make it back into that area by around the end of the month to have a further look at these.
dcnicholls wrote:
   3 Nov 2018
There were C . australis growing in that immediate area back in 1978. Also *well* worth looking for is Todea barbara. There was a nice colony of these growing a bit further up Blue Range Road before they cut down all the Pinus radiata back in the early 1990s. They look like hefty tree ferns, but with primitive looking glossy dark green fronds.
   4 Nov 2018
Thanks David - sorry for jumping the gun
dcnicholls wrote:
   4 Nov 2018
I was noticing the C. australis along the Brown Mountain road up from the Bega Valley this morning, and I strongly suspect this is in fact the same, from the way the dead fronds hang, but it would be good to get a close up of the fronds to confirm. It's good to see multiple C. australis thriving in the Blue Range, though oddly I've not seen them in the Brindabellas or the Tidbinbilla Range. I'd be surprised if they weren't there.
dcnicholls wrote:
   22 Nov 2018
Definitely D. antarctica. Confirmed.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 25 Oct 2018 10:01 AM Recorded on
  • KenT Recorded by
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