Pteridaceae  Ching

pronounced: ter-rid-AY-see-eye

the maidenhair fern family

maidenhair fernsThe name is derived from the Greek πτεροεις (pteroeis), feather-like. This is a family of ferns with creeping or erect rhizomes and that are mostly terrestrial or lithophytic. The leaves are almost always compound and have linear sori, typically on the leaf margins, that lack a true indusium, but are protected by a false indusium made from the reflexed margin of the leaf. The family is widespread in the tropical and warm temperate regions.

Acrostichum speciosum - Mangrove Fern

Adiantum spp. - Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum aethiopicum (syn.) - Common Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum capillus-veneris - Venus Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum chilense var. sulphureum - Common Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedatum - Northern Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum raddianum 'Fragrans' - Delta Maidenhair Fern

Pityrogramma calomelanos - Silver Fern

Pteris cretica - Cretan Brake

Photograph © Donald Simpson 2014

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