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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern
Photo Courtesy of: Heaton's Nursery Nambour

Maidenhair fern Adiantum hispidulum

  • Recognizable by their fine black stems and frilly fan-shaped leaflets.

  • The Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum hispidulum) is very common in the Wet Tropics. 

  • It is found growing in moist open sites along river and track banks. 

  • It is a very popular plant for gardeners and is an ideal house plant.

Courtesy of: Environmental Protection Agency, Cairns.

  • Also known as the ‘Rough Maidenhair’, it is characterized by the following:

  • Rhizome short-creeping, branched, very wiry; fronds numerous, erect or semi-erect up to 35cm long.

  • Stipes black, shiny, stout, tufted, scabrid.

  • Fronds bipinnate to tripinnate. 

  • Pinnules tough, pale green to dark green, bearing minute, white hairs, up to 12mm broad, the outer margin toothed, asymmetrically attached by a thin, short petiole. 

  • Six to fourteen sori per pinnule, in deep notches on the outer margins.

  • It is a widespread fern that grows from shaded rainforest to open rocky situations, where it withstands the hot dry summers by curling the fronds. 

  • The new fronds are a delicate pink colour.

  Confusing species: 

  • A. diaphanum.

Distinguishing features:

  •  The rough stripe; the white hairs on the pinnules; the large number of sori on the pinnules.

  Distribution: 

  • Qld, NSW, Vic, NT, (Central Australia); also NZ, Pacific islands, tropical Asia and Africa.

  Cultivation: 

  • A Very easy and hardy species to grow. 

  • Grows best in a semi-protected position in the ground.

Jones. D.L, Clemesha. S.C., Australian Ferns and Fern Allies, 1980


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