Dicksonia lanata

"Prostrate Treefern"

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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