Cyathea cooperi (Hook. ex F.Muell.) Domin

Medium to tall treefern with narrow trunk patterned with ovate scars and fronds to 5m long.  To 12m.  [FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No data.

History at Camden Park

Plants were sent to James Backhouse and listed as ‘Tree ferns from Illawarra’ in a letter dated 10th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.136].  This consignment is very likely to have included Cyathea australis.  Other than Cyathea cooperi, Cyathea australis, (R.Br.) Domin and Cyathea leichhhardtiana (F.Muell.) Copel., the only other tree fern found in the Illawarra is Dicksonia antartica Labill.  See separate entries for these ferns.

This fern was probably also planted in the gardens at Camden Park at this time.


Published Feb 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 05:19 PM

More details about Cyathea cooperi (Hook. ex F.Muell.) Domin
Family Cyatheaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia, including the Illawarra



  • Alsophila cooperi F.Muell.
Common Name

Straw treefern

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tree ferns from Illawarra [2] 

Confidence level medium