Common name: king fern
Todea barbara (L.) T.Moore APNI*
Description: Arborescent fern; trunk to 3 m high, broad, dark, usually short and bearing 2 or more crowns of fronds.
Fronds 0.5–2.5 m long; the lower parts bearing soft, pale brown hairs; lamina 10–30 cm wide, dark green, leathery.
Sporangia becoming confluent and dark brown, often covering the entire lower surface of the basal pinnae.
Distribution and occurrence: in damp places in rainforest of mountain areas and in tall open forest, sometimes in rock crevices in drier sites; widespread, especially on the ranges, often along streams; west to Mt Kaputar N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
The trunk often bears many small epiphytes.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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