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Cyathea cunninghamii


Cyathea cunninghamiislender treefern

Group:Polypodiophyta (ferns), Polypodiopsida, Cyatheales, Cyatheaceae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: endangered
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Not listed
Found in Tasmania and elsewhere
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Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.


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M Best time to survey
M Potential time to survey
M Poor time to survey
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To ensure you follow the law - check whether your survey requires a permit. Always report any new records to the Natural Values Atlas, or send the information direct to the Threatened Species Section. Refer to the Activity Advice: Surveying page for background information.

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  • Surveys for this tall treefern are best undertaken in mid to late summer when identifiable reproductive material is most likely to be present. The plant typically does not produce spores until it is 7 to 8 m tall.
  • In Tasmania, the species typically grows in deep sheltered fern gullies beside creeks amidst Eucalyptus obliqua (stringybark) and/or Eucalyptus regnans (giant ash) wet or less-often mixed forest in areas of moderate rainfall and between 20 and 150 m above sea level. The majority of the known extant sites occur within 3 km of the coast.

Helping the species

Cutting or clearing trees or vegetation






Changing water flow / quality

Use of chemicals


Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image)​.

​​Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. ​ ​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania​, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​