Blechnum rupestre

Small Rasp-fern

Small tufted perennial fern rising from short underground stems. Sterile and fertile fronds dissimilar, sterile spreading, fertile erect. New growth soft, tinged pink.

Additional information

  • SynonymDoodia caudata var. caudata
  • FamilyBlechnaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm x 10-50 cm
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesNarrow hard dark green fronds, once divided. Segments variable, top joined to form a tail; mid oblong, stalkless, close; lower stalked, distant, heart-shaped. Fertile fronds more than twice as long, segments spaced, very narrow. Short smooth pale stem.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Single row of narrow oblong spore cases on each side of midvein, often joining near tip, partially covered by membranous flap on outer edge of case.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist rich soil on steep creek banks in riparian forests. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useSmall fern for ferneries or on moist embankments. Useful in prevention of soil erosion. Suitable for containers. New growth is a feature.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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