Maidenhair fern is distinctive and easy to recognize. The very
dark-colored rachis is divided into
two equal branches, the ultimate segments
are attached by narrow stalks and the elongate
sori are attached to the undersurface of the false indusium.
The blade is oriented more or less
horizontally in living plants and plants may form large
and conspicuous populations suggesting clonal growth.
Maidenhair fern is common throughout Wisconsin and ranges broadly
in the eastern United States. The preferred habitat is deciduous