Adiantum pedatum L.

Five-finger Fern

Rhizome short-creeping. Fronds deciduous, clustered, to 35 cm long or more, erect or arching, branching pedate (see illustration and glossary). Stalks dark brown to black. Blades ovate to kidney-shaped in outline, dividing into 2 branches with 4-12 branchlets. Segments 1.5-2 cm long, more or less rectangular, hairless, blue-green, the upper margin deeply cut. Indusia oblong, curved.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

N America, India, Japan.

Narrow segments with the upper margin deeply cut.

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.