Adiantum pedatum

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Adiantum pedatum
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Northern Maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales[1]
Family: Pteridaceae[1]
Subfamily: Vittarioideae[1]
Genus: Adiantum
Species: A. pedatum
Binomial name
Adiantum pedatum

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern, five-fingered fern) is a species of fern in the family Pteridaceae, native to moist forests in eastern North America. Like other ferns in the genus, the name maidenhair refers to the slender, shining black stipes.

Several species have been segregated from the former A. pedatum, sensu latu. These include A. aleuticum, A. viridimontanum, A. myriosorum, and A. subpedatum. These all have fronds distinctively bifurcated and with pinnae on only one side.

A. pedatum grows 30–75 cm (12–30 in) tall, and is deciduous. It grows in a variety of habitats, but generally favors soils that are both humus-rich, moist, and well-drained. It grows both in soils and on rock faces and ledges when adequate moisture is present.


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