Seeds of South Australia
Adiantum aethiopicum (Adiantaceae)
Common Maiden-hair
List of species for Adiantum
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Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1+2)   (Probable Decline)   [highly localised; threat - drying out; historical decline]
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D1+2)   (Probable Decline)   [highly localised; threat - drying out; historical decline]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [never large pops on KI; loss of habitat, weeds]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern   [likes fire; tolerates weeds]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [likes fire; tolerates weeds]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Least Concern   [Rhizomous, riparian areas]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Least Concern   [Rhizomous, riparian areas]
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [highly localised]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Adiantum]
Name derivation:
Adiantum from the Greek 'adiantos' meaning unwetted, referring to the leaves remaining dry when dipped in water. 
Found in the southern part in South Australia, growing on damp creek banks in sclerophyll forest or amongst rocks. Also found in all States (and Africa, Norfolk Island and New Zealand) except in the Northern Territory. 
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Creeping delicate fern with slender black stems and a mass of delicately rounded pale green fronds to 50 cm long.
Fruit type:
Sori (spores) on the underside margins of the fronds; large, reniform, usually 1–5 per segment.
Seed type:
Very fine spores.
Seed collecting:
Look under the fronds and collect ones with spores and place in a seal paper bags to prevent spores from fulling out.
Seed cleaning:
Leave fronds in the paper bag to dry. The spores will fall off naturally or give the fronds a gentle shake. Use a very fine sieve to separate any unwanted material. Be careful as the spores are very fine. Store spores in an air tight container in a cool and dry place or in a -20oC freezer.