Silver Fern, Ponga

Family: Cyatheaceae    Genus: Cyathea dealbata

Cyathea Dealbata is probably the most well-known of the NZ Tree Ferns due to itís status as New Zealandís national symbol. The distinctive fronds of this variety form a beautiful shuttle-cock shape, turn silvery white on their undersurface as they age, and reach up to 4 metres in length. Although slower to develop than Cyathea Medullaris (Mamaku) the tall, slender trunk of the Silver Fern can reach up to 10 metres in height. 


©  Wairere Boulders (Nature Park), 
Horeke, Hokainga Harbour, Northland, New Zealand, NZ)