Hen and chickens ferns bud off tiny replicas of themselves from the upper surface of their fronds. The parent (‘hen’) frond may droop to the ground under the weight of the ‘chickens’, or it may die and drop off, carrying the little ferns down to the ground, where they take root and grow.
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Department of Conservation
Photograph by B. Smith
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