Connecticut Plants
Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum pedatum L.
  • Family: maidenhair fern (Pteridaceae)
  • Habitat: rich woodlands, often on limestone soil
  • Height: 12-18 inches
  • Location of spores: outer edges of leaflets (see bottom photo)
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): thin and wiry; black or dark brown
  • Growth pattern: random
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Adiantum pedatum L.
Adiantum pedatum L.

Maidenhair fern seen from above.

Adiantum pedatum L.

Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing structures). The edge of the leaf is rolled around the sori.