Rough Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum hispidulum

''Adiantum hispidulum'', commonly known as Rough Maidenhair Fern or five-fingered jack, is a small fern in the family Pteridaceae of widespread distribution. It is found in Africa, Australia, Polynesia, Malesia, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands. Its fronds rise in clumps from rhizomes among rocks or in the soil in sheltered areas.
The Rough Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum hispidulum  Adiantum hispidulum,Australia,Geotagged,Rough Maidenhair Fern,Winter

Appearance

''Adiantum hispidulum'' grows in tufts or clumps among rocks or from the ground, its fronds arising from the short dark clumped rhizomes. The dark stipe measures up to 45 cm in length. The fronds are divided into long and short narrow triangular or elliptic pinnae, each of which is divided again into smaller roughly rectangular, diamond-, or fan-shaped pinnules. Each pinnule may have 1 to 20 sori along its margins underneath. Young growth may have a pinkish tinge before it matures into the dark green foliage.
The Rough Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum hispidulum Underside of fern fronts with spores exposed. Adiantum hispidulum,Rough Maidenhair Fern

Distribution

The species ranges from tropical eastern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as Madagascar and the Comoros, Mauritius, to Asia through Malesia to all states of Australia , as well as New Zealand and Pacific islands. A common plant, ''Adiantum hispidulum'' is often seen growing in moist areas. In Australia it is found near rocks, in rainforest or open forest.

Habitat

The species ranges from tropical eastern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as Madagascar and the Comoros, Mauritius, to Asia through Malesia to all states of Australia , as well as New Zealand and Pacific islands. A common plant, ''Adiantum hispidulum'' is often seen growing in moist areas. In Australia it is found near rocks, in rainforest or open forest.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPolypodiophyta
ClassPolypodiopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyPteridaceae
GenusAdiantum
SpeciesA. hispidulum
Photographed in
Australia