Pteris tremula, Br

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Pteris tremula, Br
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Distribution of Pteris tremula, Br
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Ferns Species:


Common Name:



Pteris tremula


Shaking Brake

Non Threatened

Fronds 45cm - 150cm long


Common in the northern forests, scrub clearings and gardens. Native to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.


A fast growing tufted ground fern. Stems are red-brown and fronds are divided into long narrow leaflets. The common name of this fern refers to the way its fronds tend to tremble in a breeze. In summer its aroma can be overpowering, and is often called the "stinking fern" because of this, although many people also like the scent.


Found on North Island and in the northern part of South Island up to a height of 1000m. See distribution map (bottom right).


Andrew Crowe, Which Native Fern: a simple guide to the identification of New Zealand Native Ferns (Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd 1994) p49