Native Plants

Adiantum soboliferum

Malaysia Plant Red List
Peninsular Malaysia 2021
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 soboliferum is a fern species belongings to the family Adiantaceae. It has short and erect rhizomes with dark brown to golden brown scales. The fronds can grow up to 41 cm long with the laminae are simply pinnate, oblong to narrowly triangular in outline and consist of about 8 to 16 leaflets on each side. The leaflets are thin, smooth with no hair surface texture, oblong shape and with a measuring size 22-39 x 12-23 mm. A. soboliferum fern can consist up to a maximum of 16 hairless sori on each leaflet with one or two sori per lobe. It grows well on both rocks and on the ground (Kiew et al., 2020).

In Malaysia, Adiantum soboliferum is restricted to limestone hills in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, in the states of Kedah and Perlis. Adiantum soboliferum is also distributed across Africa, India, China, Indo-China, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Taiwan and Thailand. According to the Malaysia Red List, this species is categorised as Endangered in Peninsular Malaysia (Yong et al., 2021).


  Part Habit
Lithophytes   —   Plants that grow in or on rocks
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
Endangered (EN)
Peninsular Malaysia
2020 Peninsular Malaysia Plant Red List
Endangered (EN)
2010 Malaysia Plant Red List
Not Evaluated (NE)

Acknowledgements :- Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Ms. Nur Farahin Binti Mustafa, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi & Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen

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

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