Blechnum novae-zealandiae

This Blechnum is a very common one, often seen on roadsides, stream edges, and in scrub and swamps, as well as alongside tracks in the bush. In fact, it is almost like a weed in some areas.

It is quite attractive when it has pink tinges to the new fronds in the spring. However, if you ever have to push your way through patch of it, you might not think it is such a nice fern. The fronds can grow up to about 2m long, and they have a harsh feel to them.

A clump of Blechnum novae-zealandiae on a bank alongside the Tuahu Track.
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