Native Plants

Adiantum flabellulatum

Near Threatened
Malaysia Plant Red List
Peninsular Malaysia 2021
Near Threatened
Peninsular Malaysia Plant Red List *
* Assessed according to the IUCN Red List Categories & Criteria Version 3.1
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The taxonomic status is pending for approval


Adiantum flabellulatum is a terrestrial fern which belongs to the  family Adiantaceae. It is characterised by the short-creeping rhizomes which are covered with golden to reddish brown scales and 41 cm long fronds which are sometimes bright pink in colour when young. The leaf blade has palmate outline and the leaflets are thin, fan- shaped to diamond-like shape with no hair. If present, A.flabellulatum consists of 1 to 7 sori on each leaflet with a measuring size of 1.2 to 3 mm long (Kiew et al., 2020).

The distribution of Adiantum flabellulatum includes India, Myanmar, southern China, Taiwan, southern Japanese islands, Thailand, Vietnam and throughout Malesia (including Singapore). In Peninsular Malaysia, A. flabellulatum can be found in Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang. It often inhabits various forest types up to 580 m altitude, banks and humus on rock ledges (Kiew et al., 2020). Despite the wide distribution, this species is categorized under Malaysia Red List as Near Threatened nearly meeting vulnerable in Peninsular Malaysia (Yong et al., 2021).


  Part Habit
Terrestrial   —   An animal that lives on/near the ground or a plant that grows on/in/from land


Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2021 Malaysia Plant Red List
Near Threatened (NT)
Peninsular Malaysia
2020 Peninsular Malaysia Plant Red List
Near Threatened (NT)
2010 Malaysia Plant Red List
Not Evaluated (NE)

Acknowledgements :- Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Ms. Nur Farahin Binti Mustafa, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Species Citation :- Adiantum flabellulatum. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via [Retrieved 06 July 2022].

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