Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

Plant Family: Pteridaceae – Maidenhair Fern family

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) is a found in deciduous forests throughout much of the Eastern United States.   It is easy to identify for a fern because of its distinctive growth pattern of its leaves which rise up at a 90 degree angle to its stem (parallel with the ground.  Further the fronds of Maidenhair Fern spread out palm like with many leaflets as seen in the photo.

Maidenhair Fern

A group of Maidenhair Ferns (Adiantum pedatum) growing on a hill slope in Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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