Bracken fern (Pteridium esculentum) is an early colonist of previously forested sites. This bracken-covered site originally carried low coastal forest. Bracken became abundant in New Zealand after Māori cleared much of the forest by fire. They used bracken rhizomes as food.
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Photograph by Alastair McLean
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