Cyathea smithii commonly known as the soft tree fern or kātote.
Kātote is an understory tree fern that grows slowly up to 8 m tall. Like all Cyathea tree ferns, it has rough scales along its rachis and trunk. A distinctive feature is the retention of dead fronds as a skirt. Cyathea smithii produces masses of very soft and delicate looking fronds which spread horizontally from the crown and reach 2–2.5 m in length; suffers in exposure to wind, sun and frost and is prone to drying out, but can be grown successfully in sheltered areas.