138.500 Adiantum L. - Maidenhair fern

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the genus

Rhizome shortly or widely creeping with brown rhizome-scales. Stipe dark brown or black, shiny. Fronds herbaceous, 1-4-pinnate or pedate, with ultimate segments fan- to diamond-shaped, glabrous or hairy, or sometimes with yellow powder on under surface. Sori borne on the inner surface of marginal reflexed lobes which also serve as pseudo-indusia.

Derivation of name: adiantos: dry, untouched by water; referring to the ability of the leaves to remain dry in rain, the water forming pearly droplets on the surface

Worldwide: 200 species, pantropical but mainly South America and southern Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Insects associated with this genus:
Callopistria maillardi (White Tangle) Larval food plant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

peruvianum Klotzsch

Other sources of information about Adiantum:

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Flora of Botswana: Adiantum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Adiantum
Flora of Malawi: Adiantum
Flora of Mozambique: Adiantum
Flora of Zambia: Adiantum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adiantum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adiantum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adiantum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adiantum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Adiantum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Adiantum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adiantum
JSTOR Plant Science: Adiantum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adiantum
Plants of the World Online: Adiantum
Tropicos: Adiantum
Wikipedia: Adiantum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Adiantum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=31, retrieved 28 February 2024

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