…We recently rediscovered one rare fern that had been ‘lost’. I was beginning to wonder if it had become extinct, but fortunately it has not. Still, the known total of…Read more

The rare, tetraploid maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes subsp. quadrivalens) has only recently been rediscovered in New Zealand. Several people have contacted me with possible additional sightings. As described by the…Read more

…Happy ferning … Asplenium lamprophyllum, a relative of the hen & chickens fern. No living populations were known from the Wellington region, until recently rediscovered by the Wellington Botanical Society….Read more

Lepidium limenophylax, Snares Island. Photographer: Antony Kusabs © Te Papa

…was only rediscovered in 1978. It numbers less than 200 but probably once occurred in the millions. Like many island birds, it faces an uphill battle against introduced predators, particularly…Read more