The Zealandia walking group sets out to explore Zealandia every second Monday. Recently we've been lucky enough to have some experts teach us more about the plants in Zealandia.
A simple introduction to ferns by Barbara Mitcalfe and Chris Horne helped me distinguish between some of the fern species on the Te Mahanga Track.
|The delightful Hen and Chickens Fern - Asplenium bulbiferum|
Last Monday we had an intriguing walk led by Des Smith on Maori uses of native plants. This time I remembered to bring along something to write with and made a few notes for myself. We looked at plants that were used for their wood -Whau or their reeds - Raupo; as well as ones that were used as medicine or food. It was interesting to speculate how Maori uncovered the different uses of some of the plants.
If I'm ever lost in the bush, I'll be hoping there is plenty of Kareao (supplejack).
|Kareao berries - supplejack|
WARNING: always check with a reliable source before you eat a plant.