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Taxon: Adiantum capillus-veneris L.

Genus: Adiantum
Family: Pteridaceae. Also placed in: Adiantaceae Sinopteridaceae
Nomen number: 401925
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1096. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 14-Apr-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 26-Jul-2010
Species priority site is: Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • maidenhair fern   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • southern maidenhair   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • Venus's hair fern   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • Venus's maidenhair   (Source: Ferns Amer Gard ) – English
  • kuzbarat al-bir   (Source: F Egypt ) – Arabic
  • culantrillo de gruta   (Source: B. León, p.c.) – Spanish (Peru)
  • culantrillo de pozo   (Source: B. León, p.c.) – Spanish (Peru)
  • venushår   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa - Cape Province, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal; Swaziland
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
    Western Asia: Turkey
    East Europe: Ukraine - Krym
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Greece; Italy
    Southwestern Europe: France; Spain
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Colima, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Puebla, Queretaro, Tlaxcala
    Caribbean: Cuba; Puerto Rico
    Mesoamerica: Guatemala

  • also cultivated



Check other web resources for Adiantum capillus-veneris L.:

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 November 2015)

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