Adiantum silvaticum —Rough Maidenhair—ADIANTACEAE

Adiantum silvaticum

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Habitat— In rainforest or open forest, often along streams and moist cliff faces.

Distribution— North from the Illawarra region in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—A terrestrial fern, rhizome long-creeping, usually on the soil surface

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Cape Hawke, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park and Wallingat National Park.

Fronds.— To 80 cm high, mostly 3—pinnate, ultimate segments asymmetric at base, terminal primary pinnae as long as the basal ones; segments mostly 8 to 20 mm long, dark green; stipe dull reddish brown to black, main rachis somewhat zigzag.

Sori.— Mostly 2-5 per segment

Adiantum silvaticum