Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) is a widespread and common species of fern that is native to Australia, in particularly the inland regions of Australia.

Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), Ilparpa Claypans

A rhizomatous perennial aquatic fern, whose roots grow in the mud substrates, whilst the leaves float on the surface of water. They mainly occur in still water, up to a metre deep and often appear in abundance after floods. As the water recedes, you can see the leaves held up on a long stem.

Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), Ilparpa Claypans
Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), Ilparpa Claypans

More information in our Flora section on the Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Division: Polypodiophyta
  • Class: Polypodiopsida
  • Order: Salviniales
  • Family: Marsileaceae
  • Genus: Marsilea
  • Species: M. drummondii
  • Binomial name: Marsilea drummondii

Footnote & References

  1. Marsilea drummondii, Common Nardoo, Growing Native Plants, Australian National Herbarium, https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2004/marsilea-drummondii.html
  2. Nardoo, the desert fern, by Abbie Thomas, ABC Science, https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/03/08/2041341.htm
  3. Marsilea drummondii, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsilea_drummondii (last visited July 10, 2022).
  4. Did Burke and Wills die because they ate nardoo?, State Library of Victoria \ Dig: The Burke & Wills Research Gateway, https://burkeandwills.slv.vic.gov.au/ask-an-expert/did-burke-and-wills-die-because-they-ate-nardoo

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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