Native Plants

Adiantum caudatum

Least Concern
Malaysia Plant Red List
Peninsular Malaysia 2021
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SSN 04912
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The taxonomic status is pending for approval


Adiantum caudatum belongs to the family of Adiantaceae. The species epithet cauda means tail in Latin, which refers to the extended frond tip. Adiantum caudatum is a fern which grows either on the ground or rocks (lithophytic). It is characterised by the short, erect rhizomes and 45 cm long fronds. The frond consists of leaf blade with a measuring size 10–30 × 1.8–3.1 cm, linear-oblong outline and about 19 to 45 leaflets on each side. The leaflets are thin, shape variable and have very short stalks less than 1 mm long. The sori are located at the tip of leaflet lobes with a maximum of 10 sori on each leaflet (Kiew et al., 2020).

Adiantum caudatum inhabits limestone karsts and light shade of non-calcareous soil in lowland forest at low altitude. This particular fern is well distributed throughout the Old World tropics, including Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Pacific Islands. In Peninsular Malaysia, A. caudatum has been recorded in Perlis, Kedah (including Langkawi), Penang, Perak, Pahang and Johor (Kiew et al., 2020).

According to Malaysia Red List (2021), Adiantum caudatum is listed as Least Concern 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
Terrestrial in shade


No Description Suitability Seasonality
Forest → Lowland Dipterocarp Forest (Malayan, Burmese)
Unknown Unknown
References :


Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2021 Malaysia Plant Red List
Least Concern (LC)
Peninsular Malaysia


by State Location
  • Johore 1
  • Kedah 3
  • Pahang 1
  • Penang 1
  • Perak 2
Based on publications, specimens, and images


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Acknowledgements :- Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Kamilia Huda Binti Mohd Zaini, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Ms. Nur Farahin Binti Mustafa, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurliyana Binti Abd Rahman & Ms. Nurul Aliya Imra Asyikin Binti Abd Murad

Species Citation :- Adiantum caudatum. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via [Retrieved 28 September 2023].

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