Creek fern

Blechnum fluviatile


Tufted ground fern, which may have a distinctive centre of fertile fronds evident. Obvious is the midrib (rachis) which is scaly (hairy). This fern is not common on the Mangemangeroa reserve. The kiwakiwa ferrn produces hormones which mimic the hormones that control the development of insects. Maori used the kiwakiwa (kiwikiwi) fern to chew for mouth and tongue ailments (Crowe)
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