Blechnum minus (R.Br.) Ettingsh.

Soft Water Fern

Rhizome creeping, eventually becoming trunk-like, spreading by underground stolons. Sterile and fertile fronds different. Fronds to 1 m long, occasionally more, leathery, erect to arching, pink at first. Sterile fronds palish green. Segments stalked, widely spaced, reducing in size to the base of the frond where they are often almost round and 'eared' near the midrib; margins often wavy and saw-toothed. Fertile fronds of similar length and often arching. Stalk straw coloured.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

SA, Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., NZ.

Segments narrow, widely spaced short-stalked, those at the base of the frond almost round.

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.