Adiantum concinnum Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd., Sp. Pl. 5: 451 1810. (Syn: Adiantum affine M.Martens & GaleottiAdiantum concinnum var. flemingii FlemingAdiantum concinnum var. latum Jacob-MakoyAdiantum concinnum var. pendens LoweAdiantum concinnum var. subscandens Hook. & BakerAdiantum lutescens Moug. ex FéeAdiantum ramyam B.K.Nayar & Geev.Adiantum tenerum Schkuhr );
Mexico to Tropical America: Belize, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Galápagos, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Windward Is. as per POWO;

ARJUL26 Fern for ID : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2).
Bangalore 11th July

Adiantum sp.

I think this is Adiantum cuneatum

That’s A. concinnum – an adventive species in India, common in its native Mexico, where it was interesting to see it in its natural environment when I went there.  It was unfortunately redescribed as if a new Indian species, Adiantum ramyam, in South India.
It shows the typical first acroscopic segments overlapping the rachis.
The specimen is a bit attenuated with segments rather far apart as it is in a shady place – it likes more sun, I think.
A. cuneatum” is an illegitimate later homonym for another adventive species in India, A. raddeanum.


Kindly identify this Adiantum sp (Adiantaceae) 

Habit: Terrestrial herb 

Habitat: Wild, Moist deciduous forest fringe. 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1400 msl 

Date: 20-06-2014

nice. never seen the leaflets go that bright red ever. nice to know. climate ?? or local soil?

Thanks … Possibly the young fronds are of that colour before turning green. Not sure.

Though would need some more clear pics of the species but from this it closely resembles Adiamtum capillus-veneris L. which has these typical paralellogram shaped leaves. It is an ornamental fern and cultivated in many botanical gardens as well.
It is known to occur in moist evergreen to semi-evergreen forests of Karnataka and down South. Hope this information helps.

Probably A. concinnum, a common adventive from Mexico – spread all over South India and also Darjeeling.  But you have to photograph the whole frond, showing the basal pinnae, and from above – not looking horizontally at it!  Please send to me, and I’ll answer when I next get onto the e-mail – I’m on tour in Shillong at present.




POWO  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Tropicos
THE GENUS ADIANTUM L. FROM MAHARASHTRA: A NOTE ON ADDITION OF TWO SPECIES FOR MAHARSHTRA, INDIA. by S. Patil, S. Patil & M. Dongare (ABSTRACT The genus Adiantum L. from Maharashtra is revised; seven species are recognized. Adiantum concinnum Willd. and A. poiretii Wikstr. are new records for Maharashtra, and are described and illustrated.) 

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