‘Tomah’; a name bestowed long ago by Darug Aboriginal people, describes this tree-fernclothed landmark, known today as Mount Tomah.
George Caley, botanical collector to Sir Joseph Banks, mapped his November 1804 expedition into the Blue Mountains naming this same area Fern Tree Hill, prompted by ‘These trees ... very numerous, and some ...15 yards in height.’
Ferns are propagated from spores, a long process requiring patience and dedication.
Unlike the Cyathea species, Dicksonia antarctica can also be propagated from stem sections planted and nurtured until they ‘take root’.
Tree ferns are listed as protected native plants under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 No 80 and must not be collected without authorisation.
Ferns belong to the botanical group of seedless plants with ancient fossil lineage dating back 360 million years to the Carboniferous. Ferns pre-date flowering plants though modern fern forms appeared about 145 million years ago in the early Cretaceous.
Available in most cool-climate nurseries.