|Etymology||Genus||From Latin unwet; referring to the water repellent fronds|
|Synonyms||Adiantum fovearum Raddi, Adiantum lucidum var. bipinnatum Mett. ex E. Fourn.|
|Common Names||Broadleaf Maiden's Hair Fern|
|Native Distribution||Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America|
An exotic fern that has naturalised in our forest floors, Adiantum latifolium is a small fern with pinnate or bipinnate fronds. The individual pinnule, or leaflet are parallelogram-shaped, and are serrated on the edges. The spore bags are formed along the margins of the pinnule. They are usually found on open or semi-open areas.
A spread of Broadleaf Maidenhair Fern on the forest floor.
Close-up of the fern.
Close-up of the reproductive (right) and non-reproductive (left) frond.