Last winter about this time I took a trip to New Zealand. According to the guidebooks, 80% of the plant species there are unique to the islands. The ferns definitely have a Jurassic Park look to them. New fronds are covered with a black fuzz that gives them the look of a scorched dead branch instead of new growth. The local Maori use the new heads as a design in their art to symbolize new life. So trollhagen , here is a picture of New Zealand ferns behind the
That is my hand by the way.
This is looking straight down at the fern from the top.