Trunk to 20 m tall and 15 cm wide with persistent frond bases. Fronds divided 2-3 times, to 3 m long, minor branch axes with star-shaped hairs. Stalk covered with pointed warts. Sori with indusia cup-shaped, more or less spherical, sometimes splitting into 2 almost equal lobes.
Will tolerate cool conditions.
E Australia, NZ.
Trunk narrow; frond stalk scales pale to dark brown, dull; minor axes with star-shaped hairs.
C. medullaris is similar but has different scales and star-shaped hairs on the undersurface of the frond ribs.
Source: (1995). Cyatheaceae. In: . 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.