Adiantum hispidulum

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 Adiantum hispidulum subsp. var.  Rough maidenhair fern, Rosy maidenhair fern, Five-fingered jack
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Habit: fern
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 12 in to 20 in
Width: 12 in to 20 in
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Africa, Asia, Australia, S Pacific
Exposure: part-sun, shade
Water: wet, moist
Features: foliage
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USDA Zones: 6 to 10
Sunset Zones: not available
Flower features:
Adiantaceae > Adiantum hispidulum var. ,

Adiantum hispidulum, commonly known as Rough Maidenhair Fern or five-fingered jack, is a small fern in the family Adiantaceae of widespread distribution. It is found in Africa, Australia, Polynesia, Malesia, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands.[1] Its fronds rise in clumps from rhizomes among rocks or in the soil in sheltered areas.

Adiantum hispidulum grows in tufts or clumps among rocks or from the ground, its fronds arising from the short dark clumped rhizomes. The dark stipe measures up to 45 cm (18 in) in length. The fronds are divided into long and short narrow triangular or elliptic pinnae, each of which is divided again into smaller roughly rectangular, diamond-, or fan-shaped pinnules. Each pinnule may have 1 to 20 sori along its margins underneath. Young growth may have a pinkish tinge before it matures into the dark green foliage.[1][2]

Adiantum hispidulum adapts readily to cultivation although may be slow growing. It is more tolerant of sun and drying out than other fern species.[3]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Adiantum hispidulum, Swartz (A. pubescens, Schk.). Lvs. forked, two divisions branching like a fan, with the largest pinnje 6-9 in. long, made up of numerous lft-s. 1/2in. or more long, two-thirds as broad, covered with rather long, stiff hairs, and with numerous circular indusia on the upper and rounded outer margins. Old World.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Adiantum hispidulum". Flora of Australia Online.
  2. Fairley A, Moore P (2000). Native Plants of the Sydney District:An Identification Guide (2nd ed.). Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press. p. 37. ISBN 0-7318-1031-7. 
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