Nature conservation

Threatened species

Giant Fern - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Angiopteris evecta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 19 Nov 2018


The Giant Fern has huge, palm-like fronds up to 7 – 8 m long. The stems are thick, strong and green with a swollen base.


Common in the Queensland wet tropics, rare in southern Queensland and only one plant known in the wild in NSW, in the Burringbar Range near Murwillumbah. Also found in south-east Asia, Polynesia, New Guinea and New Caledonia.

Habitat and ecology

  • Giant Ferns grow where water is abundant, usually close to creeks, in lowland rainforest or wet eucalypt forest, on a wide range of soil types.
  • The NSW plant is in regrowth rainforest in a wet gully.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None