The debate about changing New Zealand’s flag has reignited. (Radio New Zealand’s report: Prime Minister raises prospect of changing the flag.) The silver fern is one of the favoured symbols for a new flag. Aside from being one of New Zealand’s icons, the silver fern is a real plant. But being on a nation’s flag… Read more »
Posts tagged with tree fern
These are some of my favourite fern photos from our fieldwork on the South Island’s West Coast. Other blog posts about our West Coast fern fieldwork cover: What we were doing. Where we went. Sticherus (umbrella ferns). New, problematic, and interesting species. Animal miscellany.
‘Punga’ is a quintessential Kiwi word used to refer to tree ferns or sometimes, more specifically, the trunks of tree ferns. But in his book A Dictionary of Maori Plant Names, James Beever does not record any tree ferns as being called punga by Māori. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that ‘punga’… Read more »