- Family: maidenhair fern (Pteridaceae)
- Habitat: rich woodlands, often on limestone soil
- Height: 12-18 inches
- Location of spores: outer edges of leaflets (see bottom photo)
- Petiole (leaf stalk): thin and wiry; black or dark brown
- Growth pattern: random
- Persistence: deciduous
- Origin: native
Maidenhair fern seen from above.
Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing structures). The edge of the leaf is rolled around the sori.