A European fern of heathy places, which has long, narrow leathery fronds consisting of a row of thin lobes on each side of the stem.
- Blechnum spicant, family Blechnaceae.
- In addition to the fir trees there are rowan, macrocarpa, eucalyptus and larch, and some native plants such as hard fern, matagouri, tussock, manuka, coprosma, and dracophyllum (the grass tree).
- The hard fern is one of the few plants which remain green throughout the winter.
- Navelwort, mosses and hard ferns grow on the ‘ditches’, the word use in Ireland for field walls.
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