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Horticulturist dedicates her life to the delicate fern

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Horticulturalist and Hawaiian fern expert Kay Lynch works in one of her research greenhouses at La‘au Hawai‘i, her nonprofit nursery. She is pictured among hapuu pulu tree ferns.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Palapalai fern growing at the Lāʻau Hawaiʻi research nursery operated by Kay Lynch. Lynch uses micropropagation to expedite the slow process of growing native Hawaiʻian ferns.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaiian-fern expert Kay Lynch emerges from one of her greenhouses at her La‘au Hawai‘i nursery.

At a broad work table beneath the dappled sunlight on her lanai, Kay Lynch examines the beginnings of a palapalai fern, its tender roots and fronds nestled inside a glass flask. Read more

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