Blechnum fluviatile (R.Br.) E.J.Lowe ex Saloman

Ray Water-fern

Nom. Gefässkrypt. 115 (1883) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome erect and stout, occasionally giving rise to horizontal stolons. Fronds tufted, sterile and fertile fronds dissimilar; sterile fronds 20–75 cm long, soft, forming low rosette; fertile fronds erect. Stipe short, brown, with numerous brown, shiny, narrowly pointed scales. Sterile frond lamina linear, once pinnate, dull mid-green; rachis with many coarse, linear, brown, shiny scales and numerous very small hairs; pinnae short, oval to oblong, mostly sessile but the lowermost shortly stalked or narrowed at base, margins shallowly crenulate, tips rounded. Fertile fronds with pinnae short, linear-oblong, almost parallel to rachis. Sori covering underside of lamina on each side of midvein.

CVU, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas., New Zealand. Grows in high rainfall areas of the State, in mountain gullies, beside streams or on shaded road embankments where frequently abundant, often ascending to subalps.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Blechnum fluviatile in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Blechnum fluviatile in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory