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Rights: University of Waikato, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Published 29 March 2015 Size: 100 KB Referencing Hub media

The stem of the fern plant. This may creep along or under the ground or even up a tree (a creeping rhizome), it may grow into a short or tall trunk (a vertical rhizome), or it may be a solid mass that gives rise to a tuft of fronds (an erect rhizome). Very often, the rhizome grows underground. The rhizome produces roots and new fronds.

Image acknowledgements: University of Waikato, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa