Definition of king fern in English:

king fern


  • 1Australian A very large fern with erect bipinnate fronds, native to parts of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, Todea barbara (family Osmundaceae).

  • 2New Zealand The large tropical fern Marattia salicina; = "para".


Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer.