Dicksonia antarctica

Common Name:

Soft Tree-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPRSTVWZ) also SA
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Rainforests and wet forest gullies 1

Flower Description:



Tree fern to 15 m

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Most easily confused with Cyathea australis (Rough Tree-fern), distinguished from this species by smoothness of frond stalks and furriness of upper trunk 1


Image: David Meagher
Image: David Meagher
Image: David Meagher

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.