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Botanical name:
Blechnum spp.
e.g. Gristle Fern Blechnum cartilagineum (top photo)

Flowering/fruiting season:
Fruits spring-summer (Flood, 1980)

Tableland to sub-alpine


  • Food
  • Thin starchy rhizomes eaten raw or roasted; common, available late summer to autumn (Flood, 1980:93)

Gristle Fern, Blechnum cartilagineum

Root tastes like a waxy potato but more gelatinous (Gott, 1995)

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Horticulture :

  • Grows in damp conditions in rich, well-composted soil in shaded area. Grows well in pots (Wrigley & Fagg, 1998:202)
  • Alpine Water Fern Blechnum penna-marina (bottom photo): in rockeries with ample watering; needs full sun or part shade; grows in most soils; good pot plant (Wrigley & Fagg, 1989:202)

Similar species:
B. longiflora Purple Appleberry - drier, purple fruit - found in cooler, wetter forests (Zola & Gott, 1992:49)

Use code:

Alpine Water Fern, Blechnum penna-marina

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