Blechnum patersonii

Common name: 

Strap Water-fern

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (KNPRSTVWZ) also Qld, NSW, Tas

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

Shaded banks near streams and gullies1

Flower description:

N/A

Habit:

Fern 20-50 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Fronds are not divided into distinct pinnae but form a single strap-like lamina, that can sometimes be divided into large lobes1
There are two subspecies, but only subsp. patersonii is present in Victoria

Images:
Image of Blechnum patersonii
Image of Blechnum patersonii Image: Daniel Ohlsen
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

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