Cyathea baileyana (Domin) Domin

Wig Tree Fern

Trunk thin, to 4 m tall with persistent frond bases. Fronds to 3 m long, divided twice, the lowermost branches reduced to wispy outgrowths forming a 'wig' at the base of the crown. Segment margins toothed at the tips. Stalk with dark, shiny, hairy scales. Sori without indusia, circular, crowded.

NE Qld.

Mature fronds divided twice, lower branches of fronds reduced to wispy 'wig-like' growth evident particularly in the centre of the crown; ultimate segments with simple and forked veinlets.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cyatheaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Cyatheales
family      Cyatheaceae
genus       Cyathea Sm.