What ferns were found during the ‘Find ferns…’ competition?

Thanks to those who entered our ‘Find ferns and win!’ competition as part of our Science Live: The Secret World of Ferns broadcast. And, congratulations to the lucky winner!

Watch The Secret World of Ferns.

Lots of different ferns were spotted – some 44 species.

Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris, was one of the most frequently reported ferns.  Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

One of the interesting finds was reported by shona_t via NatureWatch – I’m not sure what it is!

The most frequently reported species were:

How many of these have you seen?

Learn more about some of New Zealand’s more common ferns.

The observations contributed via the citizen-science NatureWatch website will be useful data for ongoing research into where New Zealand’s ferns occur.

Hen & chickens fern, Asplenium bulbiferum, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Hen & chickens fern, Asplenium bulbiferum, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Kiokio, Blechnum novae-zelandiae, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo Leon Perrie. (c) Te Papa.

Kiokio, Blechnum novae-zelandiae, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo Leon Perrie. (c) Te Papa.

Hound's tongue, Microsorum pustulatum, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Hound’s tongue, Microsorum pustulatum, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo Leon Perrie. (c) Te Papa.

Button fern, Pellaea rotundifolia, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Button fern, Pellaea rotundifolia, was one of the most frequently reported ferns. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

It was a concern to have male fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, entered several times. This is a foreign species that has become weedy in New Zealand; its invasion is only worsening.

Blog post on weedy ferns, including Dryopteris filix-mas.

Male fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, is an introduced weed in New Zealand.  It was reported several times. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

Male fern, Dryopteris filix-mas, is an introduced weed in New Zealand. It was reported several times. Photo (c) Leon Perrie.

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