I was recently in Queensland, Australia, working with colleagues from the University of Melbourne to collect ferns for DNA analyses.
We were principally after the spleenwort Asplenium ferns, and drove large distances in pursuit of the different species.
27 of Australia’s 30 species of Asplenium occur in Queensland, which has a rich fern diversity. New Zealand has about 20 Asplenium species, with eight species shared across the Tasman. DNA sequencing will be used to determine how the Australian plants relate to those from New Zealand and elsewhere.