Blechnum gibbum Labill.

Dwarf Tree Fern

Rhizome erect, thick, developing into a blackish scaly trunk. Sterile and fertile fronds different. Sterile fronds tufted, to 1 m or more long, ovate in outline, narrowing to the base. Segments directed forwards. Fertile fronds erect, narrow. Stalks and part of midrib, with black scales.

Needs shelter and warmth.

New Caledonia, New Hebrides.

Frond segments mostly directed upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees; midrib dull yellow or green; cf. B. nudum.

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