Story: Ferns and lycophytes

Whisk fern

Whisk fern

In New Zealand, the whisk fern (Psilotum nudum) is confined to warm habitats, especially thermal ground in the North Island. It is very distinctive, with light green stems, tiny scale leaves, and tri-lobed spore capsules.

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Patrick Brownsey, 'Ferns and lycophytes - Habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Patrick Brownsey, published 24 Sep 2007