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Silver fern succumbs to geothermal waters A single frond of silver fern stood out to me as it lay in the boiling, shallow and chemical laden waters of one of the pools at Wai-o-tapu. In life, a verdant green, in death a rusted sienna. Alsophila dealbata,Cyathea dealbata,Cyatheaceae,Cyatheales,Fall,Flora,Geotagged,Geothermal,New Zealand,Silver fern,autumn,botany,plant,ponga,silver tree-fern,wai-o-tapu Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Silver fern succumbs to geothermal waters

A single frond of silver fern stood out to me as it lay in the boiling, shallow and chemical laden waters of one of the pools at Wai-o-tapu. In life, a verdant green, in death a rusted sienna.

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  1. Beautiful image, Ruth. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Christine. Posted one year ago
  2. Beautiful. This image is messing with my brain. The left part had me thinking this is a mountain range, some enormous landscape. Posted one year ago
    1. Oh my goodness! Once seen, always seen ha ha Posted one year ago
      1. Right? It's like a Google Maps type of overview, and then you see this country-sized fern :) Posted one year ago

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''Alsophila dealbata'', synonym ''Cyathea dealbata'', commonly known as the silver fern or silver tree-fern, or as ponga /ˈpɒŋə/ or punga /ˈpʌŋə/ , is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand. The fern is usually recognisable by the silver-white colour of the under-surface of mature fronds. It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealanders themselves.

Similar species: Cyatheales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Mar 17, 2020. Captured Mar 29, 2019 06:54 in 201 Waiotapu Loop Road, Waiotapu 3073, New Zealand.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/99s
  • ISO500
  • 39mm