Taxon  Report   101    
Adiantum capillus-veneris  L.
Common maidenhair fern,  Southern maiden hair, Venus hair
Adiantum capillus-veneris
© 2006 Trent M. Draper
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Adiantum capillus-veneris
© 2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Adiantum capillus-veneris
© 2006 Trent M. Draper
Adiantum capillus-veneris, a pteridophyte, is a fern that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Adiantum capillus-veneris
© 2014 Ron Vanderhoff
Genus: Adiantum
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: canyons

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Adiantum capillus-veneris var. modestum
PLANTS: Adiantum capillus-veneris var. protrusum
PLANTS: Adiantum modestum
More information about  Adiantum capillus-veneris
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).