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Illustration for "Plants of the Gouland Downs and
Perry Pass" ISSN 0375-0108

Original Pencil Drawing:
"Cystopteris fragilis"
NZ Fern.

Cystopteris is one of the filmy ferns and it is found only south of the central North Island.

It flourishes in lowland to subalpine situations and seems to prefer limestone habitats.

Quite a delicate fern - HH Allan in "Flora of New Zealand" refers to it as "cosmopolitan" but comments that possible distinctions of forms have not been fully studied.

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