Story: Ferns and lycophytes

Mamaku (3rd of 3)


The graceful mamaku or black tree fern (Cyathea medullaris) grows up to 20 metres tall. It has distinctive black frond stalks and hexagonal trunk scars, formed when its fronds fall. In New Zealand it is common in lowland forests of the North Island, but in the South Island is restricted to frost-free areas. It is also found on some Pacific islands.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQA 6500 Col1095
Photograph by John Johns

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Patrick Brownsey, 'Ferns and lycophytes - Ferns and lycophytes in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Patrick Brownsey, published 24 Sep 2007