This small species from New Zealand is not much like the other Dicksonias in its general appearance, but it is nevertheless an attractive fern. Although very cold-hardy (at least 20°F), this species usually forms a prostrate, creeping trunk; and is not really a tree fern. Sometimes, however, it will form a small trunk up to 6' tall. It often grows in clumps like Lophosoria quadripinnata. It has not really found its way into cultivation in the Northern Hemisphere and remains a collector's item.
Dicksonia lanata in habitat in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Peter Richardson.
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