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Blechnum penna-marina (Little hard fern)

Last Modified: 18-5-2021 21:40

Blechnum penna-marina (Little hard fern)
Blechnum penna-marina (Little hard fern)
© Christopher Cookson  License this image

Blechnum penna-marina (Little hard fern) is a small fern native to New Zealand that forms a ground cover most commonly in montane habitats. It is common throughout New Zealand, and also occurs naturally in Australia and South America. B. penna-marina is also popular as a cultivated garden plant for use as a ground cover and is available from many nurseries. It is able to tolerate both shade and full sunlight, but needs a reasonable amount of moisture to survive. Fronds are about 10-20cm long.

This example was observed growing under mountain beech forest in Lees Creek in the upper Wairau.

Image Date: 8/5/2021

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

Location: Latitude: -41.964993 Longitude: 172.928696

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