138.500 Adiantum L. - Maidenhair fern

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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

Malawi: 8 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Callopistria maillardi (White Tangle)
Adiantum incisum

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
capillus-veneris L.C,SDescription, Image
comorense (Tardieu) Verdc. Description
hispidulum Sw. var. hispidulum SDescription, Image
incisum Forssk.C,SDescription, Image
lunulatum Burm.f.N,C,SDescription, Image
poiretii J.E. Wikstr.N,C,SDescription, Image
raddianum C.PreslSDescription, Image
reniforme L.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Adiantum:

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Flora of Botswana: Adiantum
Flora of Mozambique: Adiantum
Flora of Zambia: Adiantum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adiantum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adiantum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adiantum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Adiantum
Wikipedia: Adiantum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adiantum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adiantum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Adiantum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=31, retrieved 22 March 2023

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