[Read before the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, 6th December, 1877.]
The writer offers a few notes on the habits and localities of some of our ferns, trusting they may be of some interest, as habitats are given not mentioned in “Hooker's Handbook.” One cannot fail to notice the great changes that are daily taking place in the natural aspect of the country. More especially is this the case in forest lands, where a vast amount of timber has been used up or destroyed within the past ten years. Ten years ago is about the date of Dr. Hooker's most valuable Handbook of the New Zealand Flora. In that work of reference, “abundant throughout the islands” is a constantly-recurring phrase as applied to ferns. This
expression would be found no longer applicable in many parts of the country.