Adiantum aethiopicum —Common Maidenhair—ADIANTACEAE

Adiantum aethiopicum

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Habitat—Widespread in damp open situations, often along creeks, where it often forms large colonies.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—A terrestrial fern, rhizome creeping, much branched, covered with papery scales

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Coocumbac Island, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Wallingat National Park and Wingham Brush.

Fronds.— Mostly 20 to 50 cm high, 2 to 4—pinnate, stalks of the ultimate segments attached at the centre of their bases so that segments ± symmetric at base; segments 3 to 8 mm long, membranous, pale green, outer margin lobed or finely toothed; stipe reddish brown to dark brown to very dark red—brown. Sterile fronds spreading. Fertile fronds erect with smaller pinnules.

Adiantum aethiopicum
Adiantum aethiopicum

Sori.— Large, reniform, usually 1 to 5 per segment