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

Zambia: 2 genera and 7 taxa.

Adiantum lunulatum

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

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 Zimbabwe: Adiantaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Adiantaceae., retrieved 21 March 2018

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