Adiantum hispidulum Sw.

Rosy Maidenhair

Rhizome short-creeping or erect, much-branched. Fronds evergreen. Blades ovate to round in outline, pink at first, to about 35 cm long, in groups on rhizome, stems mostly curving outwards from terminal lobe with branches on inner side only (pedate - see illustration). Stalks dark brown to black. Segments to 1.5 cm long, rectangular, fine hairs on both surfaces. Sori 10-18 per segment, small, in notches on the upper, outer segment margin. Indusium hairy.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

Australia, Lord Howe I., Pacific, SE Asia to India and Africa.

Fronds red at first; pedate branching pattern, rough-hairy stalks, midribs and segments.

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