Pteris macilenta, A. Rich

On page 15 of the book - Pteris macilenta, A. Rich
– Page 15, Pteris macilenta –
(click on image to enlarge)
Pteris macilenta, A. Rich
– Pteris macilenta, A. Rich –
(click on image to enlarge)
Distribution of Pteris macilenta, A. Rich
– Distribution of P. macilenta –
(click on image to enlarge)

Ferns Species:


Common Name:



Pteris macilenta


Sweet Brake

Non Threatened

Fronds 35cm - 140cm long


Common in the north in open forest. Native only to New Zealand.


A tufted ground fern, whose stems are yellow-brown and fronds are delicate and thin. Also known as sweet fern, this is a delicate plant whose common name appears somewhat of a mystery, as it neither tastes or smells particularly sweet.


Found on North Island and in the very northern part of South Island up to a height of 500m. 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) p48