Tree-ferns – Our Living Fossils

Tree-ferns – Our Living Fossils

Joseph Brider, Natural Heritage Trust.
First published online (16 Feb 2021).


Budding Tree-fern (Cyathea decurrens). Photo: CINHT

Scattered throughout the Rarotonga inland forest are our Tree-ferns, known locally as Panga. These plants are not trees, they are ferns which have evolved a trunk-like stem to lift their leaves up off the forest floor in order to seek life-sustaining sunlight.
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