Blechnum penna-marina subsp. alpina (R.Br.) T.C.Chambers & P.A.Farrant

Fern Gaz. 15: 96 (1996)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome creeping to semi-erect, slender to coarse, tough. Fronds separated or crowded, erect, slightly leathery, 10–30 cm tall; sterile and fertile fronds dissimilar; young fronds typically bronze-pink. Stipe moderately long, red-brown; scales near base broad and papery. Sterile frond lamina linear to narrowly lanceolate, once pinnate, dark green to bronze-green; rachis scales scattered and narrower than those of stipe; pinnae close-set, attached by wide bases, shortly oblong, less than 1 cm long, margins entire, apices blunt; lower pinnae separate, smaller, almost triangular; terminal pinnae short. Fertile fronds stiffly erect, taller and with longer stipe than sterile fronds; pinnae numerous, separated, short and curved upwards, relatively coarse. Sori covering underside of lamina on each side of midvein.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, MI. Almost exclusively alpine in Victoria, forming small colonies in exposed, flat and boggy areas (commonly growing through Sphagnum moss hummocks), near streams, rocky areas irrigated by melting snow, but also sometimes found in moist, shaded areas down to about the snowline.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-07
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-06
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Blechnum penna-marina subsp. alpina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Blechnum penna-marina subsp. alpina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native