Blechnum fluviatile

Common name: 

Ray Water-fern

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Midlands, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (KNRSTVWZ) also NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Beside streams of shaded road embankments1

Flower description:



Fern to 75 cm tall, forming a rosette1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Fertile and sterile fronds appear different, fertile fronds are erect. Pinnae near the tip of the frond are sessile and pinnae towards the base are shortly stalked1

Image of Blechnum fluviatile
Image of Blechnum fluviatile Image: Ruby Wilson
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria