It grows up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall, but has a short stumpy base. Occasionally the King Fern is found in drier sites in rock crevices
The largest remaining stand was in Uraidla on private property, on the upper reaches of "Deep Creek", a tributary to Sixth Creek in the Torrens Catchment. In the 1970s, many ancient two metre tall fern trunks were removed by a plant poacher at night, possibly under the mistaken belief that they were tree ferns, which can transplant readily. Mature King Ferns do not. There are a few remnants in this gully today and some local native plant specialists have propagated plants from spores from this site which may be grown in the home garden or planted along creek edges.
The Australian native plant industry has propagated many from spores. They can be readily acquired through nurseries as an ornamental plant for gardens and natural landscaping. Most of these will be of Victorian or NSW origin.
- Plant Net http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Todea~barbara retrieved September 8th, 2009
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- David Nicholls (January 1998), Todea barbara - King Fern, Ferns and Fern Allies in the Canberra Region. Includes photos.
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