February 25. At noon still raining. Fine in the deep woods to see the vegetation enjoying it. On dead tree large masses of liliaceous plant flourishing. Lily gardens in tree tops. The one with vine-like roots and stems which climbs up or down with large masses of leaves at intervals of a foot or two [Freycinetia banksii] is the most wonderful looking, queer as Rata. The upper part of stem, the largest all with ring leaf soars around them. Have not seen flower. Some gum gatherers, schoolboys, showed me the heart of a palm [Nikau, Rhopalostylis sapida] and gave some to eat. It is very good, something like coconut. Fern buds and heart also good. No poison berries in these woods say my young guides. February 26. Fair at last. Took another walk into the forest after drying plants. Collected fine lot of ferns. The Trichomanes nephroides a curious species, common on stones and trees. Ferns on ferns. These tree ferns, the smallest about a foot high, the tallest 20 to 100 feet high with hard h
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