Adiantum capillus-veneris L.

Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus Hair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris plant

Family - Pteridaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Adiantum capillus-veneris rachisDark rachis of the fronds.

Leaves - No info yet.

Adiantum capillus-veneris frondFrond.

Adiantum capillus-veneris pinnulePinnule.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No flowers, plant producing spores.

Flowering - Spores produced June - August.

Habitat - Moist ledges and crevices of dolomite bluffs and boulders along streams, rivers, and springs.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in the Ozark region of Missouri. The plant is common along the steep bluffs of the many rivers in the area and is best seen by canoe. It is an unmistakable species because of its habitat and lacy growth habit. The sori are produced along the apical margins of the pinnules.

Photographs taken along the Current River, 7-11-04.