Marattia fraxinea (Parareka)

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Artist: Emily Harris
Publisher: H.D. Jackson
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Handcoloured lithograph on cream paper with card backing. The print is a botanical illustration of parts of a fern. Three green fronds are depicted with odd pinnate formation. The leaflets are long and spear-shaped. One leaf frond is depicted coiled.

The print is titled "Marattia fraxinea." and on a piece of paper affixed to paper "PARAREKA" and "Edible fern. A very handome plant growing inland in the North Island. Is much prized for gardens and green houses. The root resembling a horse shoe; is baked and eaten by the Maories." [sic]
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Sheet = 308 h x 246 w
Sheet = Height x Width (mm) = 308 x 246mm
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Emily Harris (circa 1837 - 1925). Marattia fraxinea (parareka). Handcoloured lithograph on paper. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett Loan Collection: AC1064

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