Story: Ferns and lycophytes

Silver fern koru

Silver fern koru

Most fern fronds develop from a tightly coiled spiral known as a fiddlehead, crozier or koru. As each frond develops, it gradually unfurls from the spiral. The silver fern koru is often adopted as a design motif.

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Patrick Brownsey, 'Ferns and lycophytes - Land of ferns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Patrick Brownsey, published 24 Sep 2007