Field of Science

Friday fabulous fern - for real

A small track off the highway is all there is at the Kaimai Summit track.  This little loop to the summit on the North Island is one of the ferniest places TPP has ever been.  Filmy ferns are everywhere, and over all TPP saw nearly 3 dozen species of ferns, although he could not identify more than a handful.  Here's a nice whorl of new fronds, and this if probably a Blechnum discolor, but that may take some confirmation.  Generally this fern is called a dwarf tree fern although it really doesn't get very tall.
The forest floor was spongy with litter and it was quite damp as might be expected where filmy ferns abound.  

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