Botanical Name: Calochlaena dubia

Common Name: Common Ground Fern – False Bracken

Type: Fern  0.5 – 2 m x spreading


  • Coarse, erect, rhizomatous fern
  • Large, triangular, yellow-green3-4 pinnate fronds with drooping tips
  • Stipe grooved, straw-coloured and covered in red-brown hairs
  • Can form dense colonies
  • Control growth by pruning rhizomes
  • Softer fronds than common bracken


  • Full shade to semi-shade
  • Moist soils but adaptable
Calochlaena dubia – False Bracken
Calochlaena dubia – False Bracken