Sticherus lobatus

Spreading Fan Fern

Erect fern with repeatedly forking fronds forming an umbrella-like bushy colony. Spreads on long-creeping forking underground stems (rhizomes), wiry stems about 8cm apart.

Additional information

  • FamilyGleicheniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 1 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesFan-shaped dull green fronds, 1-4 tiers of divided, paired leaflets. Final segments at right angles to midrib, hairless, narrowly oblong with broader base and rounded tip. Smooth, shiny brown stem 30-60 cm long.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Clusters of 2-6 roundish yellow spore cases on side veins between the midrib and margin.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in wet forests and rainforests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useAttractive fern for fern gullies and large fern gardens.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution but may be locally common.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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