soft tree fern


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soft tree fern

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(Plants) an Australian tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica, with a thick trunk and large spreading green fronds. Also called: Man fern
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Noun1.soft tree fern - of Australia and Tasmaniasoft tree fern - of Australia and Tasmania; often cultivated; hardy in cool climates
tree fern - any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae
Dicksonia, genus Dicksonia - tree ferns of temperate Australasia having bipinnatifid or tripinnatifid fronds and usually marginal sori; in some classification systems placed in family Cyatheaceae
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Ecophysiology of the soft tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica labill.
It took the best part of 100 years for one of the old favourite of the Victorian gentry Dicksonia Antarctica, the soft tree fern, to become popular in Britain again.
Dicksonia antarctica, in the same display, and pictured left, is a soft tree fern being brought in from Australia and has a thicker trunk than its New Zealand cousin.