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.
Qld, NSW, Vic, NT, (Central Australia); also NZ, Pacific islands, tropical Asia and Africa.
Jones. D.L, Clemesha. S.C., Australian Ferns and Fern Allies, 1980