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Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Type:
Fern
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Rocks, seaside, walls.
Flower:
Ferns do not have flowers.
Fruit:
The spores ripen from May to August in the UK.
Leaves:
The fan-shaped secondary leaflets of this fern make it easily identifiable.
Other Names:
Black Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus Hair Fern.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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