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Blechnum discolor commonly called crown fern (Māori: kiokio), is a species of fern in the family Blechnaceae. This species is endemic to New Zealand.[1] As noted by C. Michael Hogan, this species is found in a number of forest communities in diverse locations within New Zealand, and is sometimes a dominant understory component.[2]

Crown fern
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Blechnum discolor near the Buller River, New Zealand
Scientific classification
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Polypodiopsida /
 Pteridopsida (disputed)
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B. discolor
Binomial name
Blechnum discolor
Synonyms

Lomaria discolor(G.Forst.) Willd.

Spores are produced on specialised fronds. These are more erect, with a dark and shrivelled look.[3]

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  1. ^ Primitive Plants. 2009
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  3. ^ Andrew Crowe (1994). Which Native Fern?, p. 39. Auckland: Viking. ISBN 0-670-85549-9.