Family: Belchnaceae Genus: Parablechnum Botanical name: Parablechnum novae-zelandiae Common name: Kio Kio (Maori – pronounced: keeh-orh, keeh-orh) Origin: New Zealand (Kia ora!) Height: 1m
A medium to large ground fern previously known as Blechnum novae-zealandiae. The sterile and spore-producing fertile fronds look markedly unusual – the fertile fronds being very narrow and black or brown. In the sterile fronds, the segments in the lower part are stalked and reduce in size until they are short lobes. Much like Lamariocycas magellanicum, P. novea-zealandiae should prove reasonably hardy in Britain, but may drop it's fronds if the winter gets too cold – a thick mulch in the winter is advised. In well watered conditions the fronds of P. novae-zealandiae can reach in excess of 1m. Plants are out of 1.7l pots.