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Blechnum discolor

Blechnum discolor
Blechnum discolor near the Buller River, New Zealand
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida /
 Pteridopsida (disputed)
Order: Athyriales
Family: Blechnaceae
Genus: Blechnum
Species: B. discolor
Binomial name
Blechnum discolor

Lomaria discolor(G.Forst.) Willd.

Blechnum discolor commonly called crown fern (Māori: kiokio), is a species of fern in the family Blechnaceae. This species is endemic to New Zealand.[1] As noted by C. Michael Hogan, this species is found in a number of forest communities in diverse locations within New Zealand, and is sometimes a dominant understory component.[2]

Spores are produced on specialised fronds. These are more erect, with a dark and shrivelled look.[3]

See also


  • C. Michael Hogan. 2009. ,, ed. N. StrombergCrown Fern: Blechnum discolor
  • Primitive Plants. 2009. True Ferns

Line notes

  1. ^ Primitive Plants. 2009
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  3. ^ Andrew Crowe (1994). Which Native Fern?, p. 39. Auckland: Viking. ISBN 0-670-85549-9.
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