Blechnum discolor (G.Forst.) Keyserl.

Crown Fern

Rhizomes creeping, with short trunks. Sterile and fertile fronds different. Sterile fronds to 1 m long, narrowly elliptic in outline, leathery, the segments fused along the base, margins entire. Fertile blades longer than sterile ones and with the fertile segments in the upper part. Stalks black, glossy, scaly at the base.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

NZ & nearby islands.

Fertile blades with a distinct transition to sterile segments at the base of the frond.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Blechnaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Blechnaceae
genus       Blechnum L.