Dicksonia antarctica
Tasmanian Tree Fern
CopyrightStone Museum of Geology

This member of the Cyatheaceae family is one of a group of ferns that still grow to tree-like proportions. Instead of a bark-covered trunk, they possess a caudex covered in fine brown hair. Widespread during the Jurassic period they now are only found in the wild in Australia and New Zealand where they are a protected species. This specimen is has been grown from seed by a supplier licensed by the Government of Tasmania.