Black Maidenhair

Scientific Name
Adiantum capillus-veneris L.
Higher Classification
Adiantum africanum R.Br., Adiantum capillus Sw., Adiantum capillus-veneris L. var. kenyense Chiov., Adiantum capillus-veneris L. var. pinnata Bonap., Adiantum capillus-veneris L. var. trifidum (Willd. ex Bolle) Milde, Adiantum coriandrifolium Lam., Adiantum emarginatum Bory ex Willd., Adiantum fontanum Salisb., Adiantum fumarioides Willd., Adiantum marginatum Schrad., Adiantum paradiseae Baker, Adiantum pseudocapillus Fée, Adiantum trifidum Willd. ex Bolle
Common Names
Black Maidenhair (e), Maidenhair (e), Maidenhair Fern (e), Maidenhairfern (e), Vrouehaar (a)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Adiantum capillus-veneris L.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Adiantum capillus-veneris L. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/02/02

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