Story: Possums

Mamaku recovering from browsing

Mamaku recovering from browsing

Possum browsing can severely damage mamaku, the black tree fern (left). Possums browse mamaku in spring when the new crop of fronds starts unfurling. The pith at the base of the young fronds is rich in protein and is a welcome food source after winter. The image on the right shows the same plant two years later, after possum control.

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Reference: 10049837 (left); 10049838 (right)

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Gerard Hutching, 'Possums - Impact on native plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015