The New Zealand silver fern is especially well-known as New Zealand's emblem.
The silver fern is part of the native flora of New Zealand. It is a member of the tree fern families that inhabit New Zealand and can grow up to 10m in height. The crown is dense, and the fronds tend to be about 4m long and have a silver-white colouration on the undersides.
The Maori used this plant as a marker in the forests during hunting (both of other tribes and food) forays. The first man in a party would turn over a leaf and the last man would turn it back. This way they would move as a unit, unobserved through the forests. The distinctive silver colouration has also made them useful for laying along tracks for night walking.
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