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Gristle Fern

Blechnum cartilagineum


Blechnum cartilagineum, commonly known as "gristle fern" or "soft water fern", is a member of the fern family Blechnaceae. Native to eastern Australia, it is a resilient and abundant species. Seen in rainforest and eucalyptus forest areas. Younger fronds may be pink. It is also very tolerant of dry conditions once established in a shady area, and that was definitely the case here.


This spotting was in a moist, well-shaded gully amongst dense undergrowth in the Cumberland State Forest, in Sydney's northwest. Larger trees such as blackbutts, red gums and blue gums, overshadowed the entire area. Here's some park info:

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Lat: -33.74, Long: 151.04

Spotted on Jul 31, 2013
Submitted on Sep 3, 2013

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