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
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.
Adiantum capillus-veneris on Missouriplants.com
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 rain-tree.com
Adiantum capillus-veneris on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
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
Adiantum capillus-veneris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.