maidenhair fern

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maid·en·hair fern

Any of various ferns of the genus Adiantum, having delicate feathery fronds with slender dark stalks.

[From the fine stalks of its fronds or its masses of fine root hairs.]
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maidenhair fern

(ˈmeɪdənˌhɛə) or


(Plants) any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
[C15: so called from the hairlike appearance of its fine fronds]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maidenhair fern - any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched frondsmaidenhair fern - any of various small to large terrestrial ferns of the genus Adiantum having delicate palmately branched fronds
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Adiantum, genus Adiantum - cosmopolitan genus of ferns: maidenhair ferns; in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae
Adiantum capillus-veneris, common maidenhair, southern maidenhair, Venus maidenhair, Venushair, Venus'-hair fern - delicate maidenhair fern with slender shining black leaf stalks; cosmopolitan
Adiantum pedatum, American maidenhair fern, five-fingered maidenhair fern - hardy palmately branched North American fern with divergent recurved branches borne on lustrous dark reddish stipes
Adiantum bellum, Bermuda maidenhair, Bermuda maidenhair fern - delicate endemic Bermudian fern with creeping rootstock
Adiantum tenerum, brittle maidenhair, brittle maidenhair fern - tropical American fern with broad pinnae; widely cultivated
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References in classic literature ?
The brook, of which the banks were clothed with dense masses of a gigantic species of maidenhair fern interspersed with feathery tufts of wild asparagus, sung merrily at our side, the soft air murmured through the leaves of the silver trees, doves cooed around, and bright-winged birds flashed like living gems from bough to bough.
On the steep incline above the spring grew tiny maidenhair ferns, while higher up were larger ferns and brakes.
Range :The most popular ferns for use as houseplants are the staghorn fern (Platycerium), bird's nest fern (Asplenium), deersfoot fern (Davallia), blue star fern (Phlebodium), maidenhair fern (Adiantum), holly fern (Cyrtomium), brake fern and ribbon fern (Pteris), and cliffbrake fern (Pellaea).
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair ferns can be a little bit more demanding than my other two indoor plants.
ASM is composed of ten different medicines including cordia fruit, tongue grass, maidenhair fern, dracocephalum, lavender, fennel, jujube, licorice, humifusa, and stab sugar [7].
Maidenhair fern stems were good for glossy black sections of a basket.
Caption: Death by bubble: By imaging a maidenhair fern leaflet (1) at 30-second intervals, researchers could subtract the difference between the images (2) to see where an embolism formed.
Incipient polyploid speciation in the maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum, Adiantaceae)?
The pretty maidenhair fern foliage has a delightful glaucous caste to it that accentuates the flower colour.
Once again there is a clear Japanese influence in the sparse maidenhair fern design and the imitation ivory handle.