Gully fern or Feather fern

Pneumatopteris pennigera

Pakau (Pakauroharoha)

Larger tufted fern sometimes with a trunk. A distinctive feature are the pinnae coming off opposite one another. It is found along the creek edges, usually as singluar tufts. Pakau has a brown midrib (rachis) and quite large fronds. (Note the sweet fern Pteris macilenta growing under this fern.) Used by Maori as a food flavouring and for the treatment of boils (Crowe)
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