Kōrero: Forest succession and regeneration

Bracken spore profile

Bracken spore profile

This bracken spore profile is part of the pollen and spore record taken from a sediment core in Travis swamp, Christchurch. It shows a dramatic increase in bracken spores in the 13th century, a pattern that has been found throughout New Zealand. This coincided with an increase in charcoal and a pronounced decline in pollen from tall forest trees. These factors suggest that bracken was one of the first plants to colonise forest areas burnt off by early Māori settlers.

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Source: Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Forest succession and regeneration - Forest growth after fire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/11902/bracken-spore-profile (accessed 30 June 2022)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007