Sticherus urceolatus

Spreading Fan-fern

Erect fern with repeatedly forking fan-shaped bright green fronds forming an umbrella-like bushy colony. Spreads on long-creeping forking underground stems (rhizomes).

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Sticherus tener
  • FamilyGleicheniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • Leaves1-4 tiers of divided, paired leaflets. Final divisions lance-shaped to elliptic; final segments 50-65 degrees to midrib, 13-27 mm long, segments even, scalloped at ends, white to pale brown hairs below. Smooth, shiny brown stem 7-90 cm long.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Clusters of 3-5 roundish brown to yellow-brown spore cases on side veins halfway between the midrib and margin.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist clay soils along watercourses in wet and riparian forests and in disturbed sites. Semi shade to full shade.
  • Garden useAttractive fern for fern gullies and large fern gardens.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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