Prickly Shield Fern, pūnui (Polystichum vestitum) is a cold hardy fern endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country on all the main islands, as well as a number of outlying islands. The fern may form a short trunk, and has fronds up to about 40cm. It can be found typically around forest margins and tussock grasslands, and prefers cool conditions.
This example was observed in a clearing at Onamalutu scenic reserve.
Location: Latitude: -41.459610 Longitude: 173.703918"
Image Date: 15/1/2020
Photographer: Christopher Cookson