12 responses to “Adiantum shastense”

  1. Michael Aman

    When I’ve had to pack up and move to a new home many times over the years, my maiden hair ferns are the one plant that I insist on taking with me to the new garden, wherever that may be.

  2. Wendy Cutler

    Having the fronds overwinter would seem to be an attractive feature in a garden. Is it likely to make it into the trade? You’d think with all those spores that they might be able to get a start in cultivation without endangering the species. I know absolutely nothing about how this works.

    1. Everett Skinner

      I have a collection of terrarium plants under lights in South Florida and the native maidenhair A. tenerum is the most common weed in these containers. You should find a lot of information on-line about growing ferns from spores, (horticultural volunteer for Fairchild Garden)

  3. Chris Neumann

    It sounds like a great place to visit.You might be interested to know that there are now considered to be 3 endemic salamanders in the area – the Shasta salamander has been split into three species.. In a paper published in April this year, Bingham, et al, divided Hydromantes shastae into H. shastae, H. samweli and H. wintu based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA. That’s a lot of speciation in an already small geographic range. (Robert E. Bingham, Theodore J. Papenfuss, Len Lindstrand III, and David B. Wake.
    Phylogeography and Species Boundaries in the Hydromantes shastae Complex, with Description of Two New Species (Amphibia; Caudata; Plethodontidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology Volume 161, Number 10, 4 April 2018)

  4. Chris Neumann

    Forgot to mention – I wish my good photos were as good as your “so-so” ones.

  5. quin ellis

    These ferns (Adiantums) seem to touch some basic attraction in us (certainly me) that is so reassuring. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Would love this species in my Moss Garden!

  6. Jessica O'Brien

    Sadly I think a portion of it’s range is burning in the Hirz and Delta fires right now. I can’t remember if the Shasta Trinity NF observed it in areas where the Bagley Fire had burned several years ago.

  7. drbob

    All the east Klamath endemics grow in the area recently ravaged by wildfire. The fires are monsters, with flame lengths approaching 100 meters! It takes about a minute for these fires to consume an acre (~4,000 sq. meters) of mature forest. Now we get to see how the plants respond to being vaporized.

  8. lynn

    Fascinating….Maidenhair ferns in general are some of my favorite plants, so this got my attention. The photos are great, and the one with the sori is just fine – it’s really cool the way they are interspersed along the edges. And I noticed on the Cal Flora site in some photos, the individual pinnulets appear quite square. It’s the delicacy AND the structure of maidenhair ferns that appeals to me so much, so the square-shaped pinnulets are exciting. Geology does create some interesting species – let’s hope fires don’t become an issue for this one, or the other endemics there.

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