Adiantum aethiopicum

Family Adiantaceae

Common Maidenhair

Terrestrial fern with creeping rhizome, longevity indefinite. Suckers from underground rhizome.

Spores: In sori on lower frond surface. Spores 30 – 39 µm.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Damp open habitats often along creeks
  • Occasional and localised in gullies at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Resprouts at ground level after fire

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Adiantum aethiopicum plant

Adiantum aethiopicum spores