Over half of Aotearoa’s ferns and lycophytes are also indigenous elsewhere in the south-west Pacific region. Improving the understanding of the floras adjacent to New Zealand therefore provides better context for our work on its own ferns and lycophytes. Our investigations involve the delimitation, naming, distributions, and relationships of species.
With its shared Zealandian heritage, New Caledonia is a special focus, but we’ve also published on Australian, Solomon Islands, Fijian, and Tongan ferns.
Main collaborators: Rémy Amice (Nouméa), Daniel Ohlsen (Melbourne), Cheng-Wei Chen (Taipei).
Shepherd LD, Murdock AG, Amice R, Perrie LR. 2023. A synopsis of Ptisana ferns (Marattiaceae) in New Caledonia based on sequence data and morphology with the recognition of a new vulnerable species P. soluta. Adansonia 45: 41-59.
Perrie LR, Amice R, Shepherd LD, Laudereau C, Bruy D, Tuiwawa M, Ohlsen DJ, Brownsey PJ. 2023. New records of fern species from New Caledonia in the genera Davallia, Dicranopteris, Pteris, and Trichomanes. New Zealand Journal of Botany: in press.