Pteridophyta: Polypodiales

Adiantaceae - Maidenhairs and shoelace ferns

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Plants terrestrial, lithophytic or epiphytic. Small to medium sized ferns. Rhizome erect, suberect or creeping, with scales. Fronds numerous, monomorphic, simple and entire (Vittaria) or divided (Adiantum), veins free or reticulate. Sori in soral lines in marginal or submarginal grooves or along the veins (Vittaria) , or borne marginally, covered by modified marginal pseudo-indusium (Adiantum), exindusiate; homosporus.

Comment: Sometimes included as a subfamily in the Pteridaceae

Worldwide: 12 genera, c. 300 species worldwide

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 13 taxa.

Adiantum lunulatum

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Adiantum L.Description, Image
Vittaria Sm.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Adiantaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Adiantaceae
Flora of Malawi: Adiantaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Adiantaceae
Flora of Zambia: Adiantaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Adiantaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Adiantaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=310, retrieved 25 May 2016

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