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Adiantum melanoleucum

Adiantum melanoleucum Willd.

Fragrant Maidenhair

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Size Notes: Fronds up to about 32 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering, sporulating species. Sporulates year-round.


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Hammocks and limestone sinks.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Adiantum melanoleucum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Adiantum melanoleucum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Adiantum melanoleucum


Record Modified: 2020-12-03
Research By: CBR

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