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Ferns and ClubmossesBlechnum cartilagineum  

1 Gristle fern at Coree, ACT

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Blechnum cartilagineum at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Blechnum cartilagineum at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Blechnum cartilagineum at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Blechnum cartilagineum at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018
Blechnum cartilagineum at Coree, ACT - 25 Oct 2018

Identification history

Ferns and Clubmosses Blechnum cartilagineum 28 Oct 2018 dcnicholls
Ferns and Clubmosses Blechnum cartilagineum 28 Oct 2018 KenT

Significant sighting

  28 Oct 2018

New recorded location of this fern which is rare in the ACT region

Author's notes

Growing a few metres above dry creek bank among blackberries and stinging nettles in an area subject to a prescribed burn in the past 12 months

3 comments

dcnicholls wrote:
   28 Oct 2018
The only other possibility is B. minus,. The length and orientation of the inner-most pinnae are absolutely diagnostic of B. cartilagineum, and not clear in the photos, but I think the ID is good
dcnicholls wrote:
   29 Oct 2018
You can also find B. cartilagineum (locally common) on the lower reaches of Oakey Creek at the Northern end of the Tidbinbilla Range. Or at least that was true around 1980. There was a well established colony as I recall, along with Pteris tremula, among the open woodland near the creek. There was also a single plant growing in a gully under a fallen tree, on the northern end of the Black Mountain bushland, less than 100 melters south of Belconnen Way. I have not been back to either place.
dcnicholls wrote:
   22 Nov 2018
Confirmation is definite.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 25 Oct 2018 9:15 AM Recorded on
  • KenT Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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