You may recall my post about the extraordinary hapuu tree ferns in Hawaii. On my recent visit to the Big Island, I noticed a strange looking, furry variety that I hadn’t yet seen. This fern is the Hapu’u I’i that is endemic to Hawaii. The photo above shows the fern’s fiddle head (coiled frond). It’s difficult to tell the perspective from this photo, but just to give you an idea, the size of this fiddle head is bigger that a man’s outstretched hand. I captured this photo on the hike along the Waipio Valley rim.
So what do you think of the looks of this fern? Pretty strange, huh?