Blechnum indicum Burm.f.

Swamp Water Fern

Rhizome erect, long-creeping, branched and scaly. Sterile and fertile fronds similar. Fronds in tufts, mostly 40-80 cm long. Sterile frond segments mostly 6-12 cm long, 8-12 mm wide, minutely toothed all around the edge, attached by the midrib only (except for the terminal segment). Fertile fronds slightly smaller than sterile ones. Blade with a dark, scaly base.

Needs shelter and warmth

WA, NT, Qld, NSW, Malaysia, Polynesia, C America.

Sterile and fertile fronds similar; all segments attached to axis by midrib only, except for the terminal ones.

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.

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