Dawsonia superba

Tall Dawsonia, Giant Moss

Stiff, robust moss, individual plants erect, forming spreading colonies.

Additional information

  • FamilyPolytrichaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-50 cm high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesThin narrow finely pointed grey-green leaves spiralling around thick stems.
  • Flower colourReddish-brown
  • FlowersMale and female flowers on separate plants. Capsules are terminal, held above the foliage. They are covered in reddish-brown hairs and have a bunch of whitish bristles at the opening.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMedium to heavy clay soils on banks in wet forests and rainforest. Full shade.
  • Garden useGrow in containers or a shaded fernery in moist soil.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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