Adiantum pedatum L.
Northern Maiden Hair Fern
Family - Pteridaceae
Stems - No info yet.
Leaves - No info yet.
Inflorescence - No info yet.
Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.
Sori along the pinnule margins.
Flowering - Spores produced June - August.
Habitat - Rich slopes of ravines, mesic upland forests, bluff ledges (less commonly).
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri and is common in the habitats mentioned above. It is also one of the most common ferns in the state. The plant is easy to identify in the field because of the palmate-reniform arrangement of its leaves. This is an attractive species which deserves to be cultivated.
Photographs taken in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 7-22-04.