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
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Beside streams of shaded road embankments 1

Flower Description:



Fern to 75 cm tall, forming a rosette 1

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 stalked 1


Image: Ruby Wilson

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

Flora of Australia NSW Flora VicFlora

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