Cyathea cunninghamii Hook.f.

Slender Tree Fern

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: 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.

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