A very elegant, large tree fern native to moist montane forests in New Caledonia. Its trunk can grow to 10 m (33 ft.) tall, the flat, spreading crown of tripinnate fronds with slightly drooping pinnules can reach a diameter of about 6 m (20 ft.). The leafbases are densely covered in pale scales. It is tolerant of cool conditions and an occasional light frost. When small it should be grown in shade, but mature plants develop best in full sun or lightly shaded in drier climates.