Story: Ferns and lycophytes

Silver fern (1st of 3)

Silver fern

Mature ponga or silver ferns (Cyathea dealbata) can be recognised by the silver-white undersides of their fronds (inset). These ferns grow to about 10 metres high, and are found throughout lowland forest and secondary scrub in the North Island and drier regions of the South Island.

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Patrick Brownsey, 'Ferns and lycophytes - Ferns and lycophytes in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Patrick Brownsey, published 24 Sep 2007