Cyathea x marcescens

Skirted Tree Fern

See Cyathea cunninghamii. Naturally occurring sterile hybrid between Cyathea australis and C. cunninghamii. Trunk to 30cm diameter.

Additional information

  • FamilyCyatheaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Sizeto 8 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesFronds to 4 m long. Shiny black stalk, persistent base crumbly. Margins of segments shallowly toothed to lobed. Spores usually absent. Dead fronds often retained forming a skirt.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOccurs in common with C. cunninghamii in moist to wet gullies of the mountains. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useMoist ferneries.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusVulnerable in Victoria to continued depletion. Very restricted distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 Ken Harris ©; 2 Anita Barley Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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