Story: Alpine plants

Alpine fern

Alpine fern

The alpine fern Grammitis poeppigiana usually grows in rock crevices in mountainous regions south of a line joining Mt Taranaki and the East Cape. In Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park it grows up to 2,600 metres altitude, higher than any other New Zealand fern. Beyond New Zealand, this fern can be found in Tasmania, Australia, South Africa, South America and many of the islands surrounding Antarctica.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Highest of all', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007