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This is one of the more distinctive and beautiful ferns in the state. A close relative is Adiantum capillus-veneris (Venus Hair Fern), which is located in areas south of Illinois. The central stalk (main rachis) of this latter species is branched on both sides; these side stalks are quite short and they have only a few leaflets each. The leaflets of this fern are all fan-shaped, rather than plume-shaped. Sometimes Adiantum pedatum is referred to as the Northern Maidenhair Fern, while Adiantum capillus-veneris is referred to as the Southern Maidenhair Fern.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers


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