Southern Maidenhair Fern

ENDANGERED

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The southern maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) is a graceful and delicate plant that has specific growing specifications. It grows from 6 inches to 1 foot in height, its fronds arising in clusters from creeping stems. The genus of the Latin name Adiantum, is derived from the Greek word 'Adiantos' - meaning 'unwetted' - as the leaves from the fern repel water, while the species name is taken from the Latin words 'capillus' and 'veneris', meaning hair of Venus. It is listed as endangered as it is known only from a single spring in Mexico, where is it threatened by recreational activities and development. However, this species is also found in various locations around the world, such as Canada, Africa and Australia.