Plant Guide


Asplenium oblongifolium

shining spleenwort, huruhuru (whenua), paranako, paretao

Tufted evergreen fern with arching glossy green fronds. Over time fronds can grow up to 1.5 m long, but Asplenium oblongifolium is slow growing and remains much smaller for a long time. Slightly toothed leaflets to 15 cm long. Endemic to New Zealand. Occurs naturally in coastal and lower montane areas in the North Island and parts of the South Island of New Zealand.

Performs best in dry shade, and as such is perfect for areas under established trees. Tolerates full sun, but fronds are shorter and paler green. Wet intolerant.


Type of plant

Herbaceous - Perennial


to 1 - 1.5 m tall and wide

Landscape Use

under-growth for established trees, indoor or outdoor pot plant


  • Temperature: Half hardy
  • Light: Low Medium
  • Moisture: Low Medium
  • Soil: Medium
  • Wind tolerance: High
  • Coastal tolerance: High