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Adiantum capillus-veneris

Adiantum capillus-veneris L.

Adiantum capillus-veneris L. var. modestum (Underw.) Fernald

Adiantum capillus-veneris L. var. protrusum Fernald

Adiantum modestum Underw.

Southern Maidenhair Fern, Common Maidenhair Fern, Venus Hairfern, Venus’ Hair, Common Maidenhair

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyPteridaceaeFerns that grow on rocks (mostly)
GenusAdiantumMaidenhair ferns
Speciescapillus-veneris“Venus hair” fern

About plant names...

Black maidenhair fern is native to Europe, North and Central America, and Africa. It is popular as a house plant.

Identification: This fern rarely exceeds 18" (45 cm) in height, and tends to be an inconspicuous occupant in moist, shady forests. For example, the photo at right was taken near a small bubbling brook. The leaf shape, unlike that of most ferns, is quite distinctive.

Medical: Several cultures have used maidenhair fern brewed as tea to treat coughs and bronchitis.

Online References:

Adiantum capillus-veneris on Missouriplants.com

Adiantum capillus-veneris on the Hardy Fern Library

Adiantum capillus-veneris on Wikipedia

Adiantum capillus-veneris at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Adiantum capillus-veneris on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Adiantum capillus-veneris on CalPhotos

Adiantum capillus-veneris on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah

Adiantum capillus-veneris on www.rain-tree.com

Adiantum capillus-veneris on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network


Foster, Steven & Duke, James A., Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs, Houghton Mifflin, 2000, p. 346

Cobb, Boughton, Farnsworth, Elizabeth & Lowe, Cheryl, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Ferns and Their Related Families of Northwestern and Central North America, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005, p. 55

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Adiantum capillus-veneris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Adiantum capillus-veneris (Southern Maidenhair Fern, Common Maidenhair Fern, Venus Hairfern, Venus’ Hair, Common Maidenhair)

1 · 6/2/2009 · Zion National Park, UT
≈ 34 × 22" (85 × 56 cm)


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