Diplazium australe

Austral Lady-fern

Erect to arching tufted perennial, old stems remaining to form small trunks on older plants.

Additional information

  • SynonymAthyrium australe, Allantodia australis
  • FamilyAthyriaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-2 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesSoft, pale green broadly triangular, 2-3 times divided fronds, to 1 m wide. Segments stalked, final segments lobed or divided, margins with rounded teeth. Grooves in main & side midribs flow together, forming ridges at junction. Stem half length of frond.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spore cases on side veins, oblong, often in pairs, covered by inflated membrane.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDeep humus-rich moist soils beside creeks and in wetter gullies of wet forests and rainforests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useA large soft fern for a very sheltered moist fernery.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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