5 Oct 2018

Critter of the Week The Banks Peninsula fork fern

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:28 pm on 5 October 2018

The Banks Peninsula fork fern – Tmesipteris horomaka – is a bit distant from what might ordinarily come to mind when we think of ferns. 

DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, tells us about this small fern with very primitive features and that its nearest relatives are fossils from the Devonian period. 

Tmesipteris horomaka on tree fern trunk

Tmesipteris horomaka on tree fern trunk Photo: L.R. Perrie Te Papa 2004 CC-BY-NC 3.0

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