Adiantum diaphanum Blume

Filmy Maidenhair

Rhizome short, erect with rootlets bearing small, oblong tubers. Frond mostly to 30 cm long but generally much shorter, divided 1-2 times, sometimes 3 times at the base. Blades narrowly triangular in outline, mostly 5-10 cm long and to 3 cm wide. Stalk and midrib hairless but with a few scales at the base. Segments to 1.5 cm long, oblong, base curved downwards, upper margin lobed, stalk attached in one corner. Sori kidney-shaped in notches of segments, mostly hairy.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

Australia, NZ, Melanesia, Asia.

Small habit; stalk hairless; indusia mostly hairy; small tubers on the rootlets.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Adiantaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Pteridaceae
genus       Adiantum L.