Bracken, or Austral Bracken Pteridium esculentum is a robust native fern with rigidly erect fronds, spreading from a vigorous rhizome or underground stem. Bracken is the most common and widespread fern in eastern Australia, often dominating the understorey in forests and woodlands. It is an aggressive coloniser of disturbed areas and is stimulated by fire. It is naturally occurring in areas of Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower.
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