New Zealand native fern from my garden.



New growth.

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  • The leaves of ferns are called fronds and when they are young they are tightly coiled into a tight spiral. This shape, called a ‘koru’ in Maori, is a popular motif in many New Zealand designs.
  • One notable New Zealand fern is bracken (rarahu), which grows in open, disturbed areas and was a staple of the early Maori diet in places too cold for the kümara to grow. The roots were gathered in spring or early summer and left to dry before they were cooked and eaten.
  • http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/ferns/
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13 responses to “New Zealand native fern from my garden.”

  1. The spiral is delightfully ornate and it protects those tender young fronds perfectly as they develop. I can understand why this has become popular as a motif in so many N.Z. designs. Lovely photos and interesting information, Ineke.

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