Todea barbara

Common name: 

Austral King-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPRSTWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Shaded gullies and on the banks of streams. Most common south of Darby Saddle1

Flower description:



Terrestrial fern1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Todea barbara is the only species in the family to occur in Victoria. Thee rhizome is stout and can become a fibrous trunk to 1.8 m tall by 1.2 m in diameter. Stalks are smooth1

Image of Todea barbara
Image of Todea barbara
Image of Todea barbara Image: Alison Kellow
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria