Austral Bracken

Pteridium esculentum

Summary

Terrestrial fern with a robust, long-creeping, underground stem (rhizome)covered with dark red-brown hairs which are eventually shed. The large, broadly elliptic fronds have a woody stem (stipe) and midrib (rachis) with stiff, leathery leaflets curled downwards at the margins

Esculentum means edible


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Habitat

Common in both dry and wet sclerophyll forests

Distribution

It is found in all states of Australia apart from the Northern Territory, as well as New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Malaysia, Polynesia, and New Caledonia

Size

Can grow up to 2 metres tall

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