Adiantum aethiopicum L.
Common name: Common Maidenhair
Adiantum aethiopicum L. APNI*
Description: Rhizome creeping, much branched, covered with papery scales.
Fronds mostly 20–50 cm high, 2–4-pinnate, stalks of the ultimate segments attached at the centre of their bases so that segments ± symmetric at base; segments 3–8 mm long, membranous, pale green, outer margin lobed or finely toothed; stipe reddish brown to dark brown to very dark red-brown.
Sterile fronds spreading. Fertile fronds erect with smaller pinnules; sori large, reniform, usually 1–5 per segment.