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Fernz Fernery

One of the things I love about New Zealand is its lush greenery and the many native bush and forests that can often be seen throughout the country.

And at the Auckland Domain, itself another extinct Auckland volcano, and once a scoria quarry, there is now a luxuriant green glade that displays more than 100 varieties of ferns that are found in New Zealand. This Fernz Fernery is a miniature example of some of the ferns and palms and other plants to be found in NZ, particularly from the North Island. It is like a secret garden, surrounded by ferns of all sizes, with the sound of water and filtered daylight.

And we do have quite a few native ferns in NZ…

Here you can see some of the native plants:
The main plant you can see here is Parataniwha, Elatostema rugosum. This is a vigorous, spreading herb that grows best in damp, shaded conditions in lowland forests. I have always loved the colours of its leaves ranging from green to red. It is a very attractive plant with dark steams and bronzy green crinkled and serrated metallic leaves marked with purple tonings.

On the left is a climbing fern, Microsorum scandens. It is common in lowland and coastal forests and bush, and is often found creeping over the ground and rocks, but more common up trees.

The climbing fern is climbing up the unusual trunk of a Tree Fern, Dicksonia Squarrosa, Wheki-Ponga. You can see the trunk covered with a skirt of wiry roots.

I hope you enjoy seeing a tiny part of the greenery growing in this Fernz Fernery. . .

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