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Southern Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris

Description:

The Adiantum capillus-veneris fern grows from 6 to 12 in (15 to 30 cm) in height; its fronds arising in clusters from creeping rhizomes 8 to 27.5 in (20 to 70 cm) tall, with very delicate, light green fronds much subdivided into pinnae 0.2 to 0.4 in (5 to 10 mm) long and broad; the frond rachis is black and wiry. (wiki)

Habitat:

Adiantum capillus-veneris is native to the southern half of the United States from California to the Atlantic coast, through Mexico and Central America, to South America. It is also native to Eurasia, the Levant in Western Asia, and Australasia. It is found in temperate climates from warm-temperate to tropical, where the moisture content is high but not saturating, in the moist, well-drained sand, loam or limestone many habitats, including rainforests, shrub and woodlands, broadleaf and coniferous forests, and desert cliff seeps, and springs. It often may be seen growing on moist, sheltered and shaded sandstone or limestone formations, generally south-facing in the southern hemisphere, north-facing in the north, or in gorges. It occurs throughout Africa in moist places by streams. On moist sandstone cliffs it grows in full or partial shade, even when unprotected. (wiki)

Notes:

Rare in Sinai; Spotted on rocks of a small spring in a coastal desert wadi; Called "Well Coriander" كسبرة البر in Arabic

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Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

Egypt

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012

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