Cyathea cunninghamii

Slender Tree Fern

Slender tree fern with fibrous trunk 8-10cm diameter.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyatheaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size10-20 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesArching fronds 1.5-3 m, divided 3 times, smallest segments (pinnae) have small teeth on sterile pinnae, deeply lobed on fertile. Short dull black stalk with small sharp projections. Persistent crumbly base.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round clusters of spores with prominent cup-like membrane at the base.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist humus rich soils in wet gullies. Full shade. Not common in the Shire.
  • Garden useFerneries that are kept moist and shaded. Does not like wind or sun. May not be fertile until 7m tall (c. 80 years).
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusVulnerable in Victoria to continued depletion. Scattered occurrences but may be locally common. Very rare in the Dandenong Ranges.
  • Related speciesCyathea x marcescens is a naturally occurring sterile hybrid between Cyathea australis and Cyathea cunninghamii. Occurs in common with C. cunninghamii.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 R. Hill ©, Australian National Botanic Gardens; 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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