Austral Bracken

Pteridium esculentum (G.Forst.) Cockayne

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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What habitats does Pteridium esculentum live in?

Common in both dry and wet sclerophyll forests

What is the distribution of Pteridium esculentum?

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

How big does Pteridium esculentum grow?

Can grow up to 2 metres tall

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