Adiantum latifolium Lam.

Etymology Genus From Latin unwet; referring to the water repellent fronds
Species Wide leaves
Family Pteridaceae
Synonyms Adiantum fovearum Raddi, Adiantum lucidum var. bipinnatum Mett. ex E. Fourn.
Common Names Broadleaf Maiden's Hair Fern
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Herb
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.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2019-01-08