Blechnum patersonii (R.Br.) Mett.

Strap Water Fern

Rhizomes erect, short; scales brown, shiny, wide. Sterile and fertile fronds different. Fronds tufted, erect or arching, to c. 50 cm long, undivided or with a few lobes, the simple and lobed fronds sometimes found on the same plant, thin textured, pink at first. Sterile fronds with margins finely toothed and sometimes wavy, broader in the upper half. Fertile fronds extremely narrow, erect, slightly shorter than the sterile ones.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

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

Fronds thin, undivided or simply lobed; cf. B. colensoi.

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.