The tree ferns in NZ are absolutely spectacular, indeed a silver fern leaf is the national emblem. However, here I'm going to show you how a relatively small humble fern unfurls itself.
The umbrella fern Sticherus cunninghamii grows only up to 50 cm up in montane areas, forms dense mats and it unfurls itself most gracefully. I loved its striking symmetry and took lots of pictures. Below is one of my collages ending with a photo of the final fronds.
|Stages of unfurling leaves of the umbrella fern|
As you can expect the tree ferns are much bigger, in fact rather majestic. I've been collecting some pictures and plan to show you some in the future.