Dicksonia squarrosa (South Island)
Rough Tree Fern, Weki
A medium-sized tree fern from New Zealand, where it is commonly found in a variety of lowland and montane forest habitats, often in wet situations. Its range extends from the Three Kings Islands over the North and South Islands to Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands. Dicksonia squarrosa forms a slender, sometimes branching trunk to about 7 m (23 ft.) tall, covered in persistent leaf bases. The crown is relatively small and the leaves are held by slender, blackish, hairy leafstalks. It is one of the most easily grown tree ferns and well suited to a variety of temperate climates, where it will hold up to moderate freezes. The South Island form has a tidier look and may be more cold tolerant.