Blechnum minus

Common Name:

Soft Water-fern



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Riverina, Snowfields (DEJKNPRSTVWXZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

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

Stream beds and creek banks 1

Flower Description:



Spreading fern 40-200 cm tall 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Fertile and sterile fronds appear different. Pinnae on sterile fronds are shortly stalked and get smaller and more widely spaced towards the base of the frond 1


Image: Ruby Wilson
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