16th July - Todea barbata - King-fern

Todea barbata

Classified as endangered in South Australia the king-fern is worthy of its name. Fronds are up to 2 m long. It survives in scattered localities in the Mt Lofty Ranges near springs.

Fertile pinnules towards the base of the lamina on the lower half of the pinnae.

Suitable sites are also suitable for other uses such as wells for water.

Fortunately the Mount Lofty provenance is available at some garden centres (such as Flora SA). Hopefully more gardeners will recognise their beauty.