100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 67:


Botanical name: Pteridium esculentum
Family name: Dennstaedtiaceae

Bracken is a troublesome weed throughout the world, though it is thought the type in New Zealand is not as toxic as the bracken from overseas, which is a slightly different species (Pteridium aquilinum). Although stock can eat New Zealand bracken in moderation, they should only be allowed to eat it in spells to prevent them succumbing to the toxic effects. Bracken is carcinogenic and has been linked with cancer in people living and working near large infestations of the weed in countries such as Wales. However the rhizomes of New Zealand’s species were once used as a food by the Maori people. It causes major problems in forestry, due to competing strongly with young trees and carrying fires. It is also invasive in many hill-country pastures. (Massey Uni Weeds Database)