The Ferns ClipArt gallery contains 177 illustrations of ferns from around the world. Ferns differ from normal plants (gymnosperms and angiosperms) by having spores instead of seeds, and are vasclar plants, differing from lycophytes by having true leaves, which are also known as megaphylls.

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The <i>Acrostichum aureus</i> fern is three to eight feet long. It is found from Florida to Brazil and in other tropical areas. It is strong growing and should be treated as an aquatic.

Acrostichum Aureum

The Acrostichum aureus fern is three to eight feet long. It is found from Florida to Brazil and in other…

The acrostichum peltatum fern has long fronds that are slender and creeping. This fern needs a liberal supply of water and grows well in the West Indies.

Acrostichum Peltatum Fern

The acrostichum peltatum fern has long fronds that are slender and creeping. This fern needs a liberal…

"Adder's tongue fern (Ophioglossum vulgatum L.). R, runner or stolon." -Gager, 1916

Southern Adderstongue

"Adder's tongue fern (Ophioglossum vulgatum L.). R, runner or stolon." -Gager, 1916

Ophioglossum vulgatum, or Southern Adderstongue is a fern-like plant commonly growing in sand dunes.

Southern Adderstongue

Ophioglossum vulgatum, or Southern Adderstongue is a fern-like plant commonly growing in sand dunes.

Adiantum is commonly known as maidenhair. The capillus-veneris daphnite variety is dark brown and ranges from 9 to 14 inches in height.

Maidenhair Ferns

Adiantum is commonly known as maidenhair. The capillus-veneris daphnite variety is dark brown and ranges…

The leaves of <i>Adiantum capillus-veneris</i> are six to twenty inches long and three to each inches wide. The leaflets are nearly a half inch wide and are irregularly lobed.

Pinna of Adiantum Capillus-Veneris

The leaves of Adiantum capillus-veneris are six to twenty inches long and three to each inches wide.…

The leaves of <i>Adiantum continuum</i> are twelve to eighteen inches long and grow on stout, black stalks. This fern is found from Mexico to Brazil.

Pinna of Adiantum Concinnum

The leaves of Adiantum continuum are twelve to eighteen inches long and grow on stout, black stalks.…

The leaflets of the <i>Adiantum cuneatum</i> fern are numerous and wedge shaped at the base. There are three to five sori on each segment.

Adiantum Cuneatum

The leaflets of the Adiantum cuneatum fern are numerous and wedge shaped at the base. There are three…

Adiantum decorum, commonly known as maidenhair, is a tropical and temperate fern. The decorum variety grows in Peru. The fronds of this fern grow between 9 to 15 inches.

Adiantum Decorum Ferns

Adiantum decorum, commonly known as maidenhair, is a tropical and temperate fern. The decorum variety…

The fronds on the adiantum diaphanum fern ranges from four to eight inches in height with long slender fronds. The base of the fern has one to three branches. This variety of maidenhair grows in south east China and New Zealand.

Adiantum Diaphanum Fern

The fronds on the adiantum diaphanum fern ranges from four to eight inches in height with long slender…

The leaves of adiantum farleyense often reach between fifteen and twenty four inches in length. The leaflets are wedge shaped at the base with curved sides.

Adiantum Farleyense

The leaves of adiantum farleyense often reach between fifteen and twenty four inches in length. The…

Adiantum luddemannianum has clustered leaves that are deep green. The fern branches out about a third of the way up from the base of the plant. This is a greenhouse variety of maidenhair.

Adiantum Luddemannianum Fern

Adiantum luddemannianum has clustered leaves that are deep green. The fern branches out about a third…

The adiantum pedatum variety of maidenhair has one to three branches at the base an is between nine and twenty four inches long. Each frond is divided in two and branch out in a fan shape.

Adiantum Pedatum Fern

The adiantum pedatum variety of maidenhair has one to three branches at the base an is between nine…

Each adonis aestivalis flower has five to fifteen petals. This variety can reach one foot in height. This is an annual variety of pheasant's eye.

Habit and Flower of Adonis Aestivalis

Each adonis aestivalis flower has five to fifteen petals. This variety can reach one foot in height.…

The alsophila aculeata fern, or the prickly aculeata fern, has fronds with leaves that divide in three. The arrangement of the leaves is straw like. The leaves are bright green.

Alsophila Aculeate Fern

The alsophila aculeata fern, or the prickly aculeata fern, has fronds with leaves that divide in three.…

<I>Alsophila australis</I> has ample leaves. The pinnae are eighteen inches long. This fern is native to Australia.

Alsophila Australis

Alsophila australis has ample leaves. The pinnae are eighteen inches long. This fern is native to Australia.

The leaves of <I>Alsophila oligocarpa</I> a smooth and a grayish straw color. The fern is native to Colombia.

Alsophila Oligocarpa

The leaves of Alsophila oligocarpa a smooth and a grayish straw color. The fern is native to Colombia.

Alsohpila Rebeccae, or Alsophila Rebecca, is a slender fern reaching eight feet in height. The leaves of the fronds divide in two with twenty to thirty on each side.

Alsophila Rebeccae Fern

Alsohpila Rebeccae, or Alsophila Rebecca, is a slender fern reaching eight feet in height. The leaves…

"The elastic ring which surrounds the spore case."-Whitney, 1902

Annuli

"The elastic ring which surrounds the spore case."-Whitney, 1902

An illustration of the anteridium of a bracken. An antheridium (plural: antheridia) is a haploid structure or organ producing and containing male gametes (called antherozoids or sperm). Brackens (Pteridium) are a genus of about ten species of large, coarse ferns, in the family Dennstaedtiaceae. The genus has probably the widest distribution of any fern genus in the world, being found on all continents except Antarctica and in all environments except for hot and cold deserts. Therefore it is considered to have a cosmopolitan distribution.

Antheridium of Bracken

An illustration of the anteridium of a bracken. An antheridium (plural: antheridia) is a haploid structure…

An illustration of the archegonium of bracken. An archegonium (pl: archegonia), is a multicellular structure or organ of the gametophyte phase of certain plants producing and containing the ovum or female gamete. The archegonium has a long neck and a swollen base.

Archegonium of Bracken

An illustration of the archegonium of bracken. An archegonium (pl: archegonia), is a multicellular structure…

The edible part of asparagus plumosus nanus grows at the tips of the branchlets. The plumosus nanus is a dwarf variety of plumosus.

Asparagus Plumosus Nanus

The edible part of asparagus plumosus nanus grows at the tips of the branchlets. The plumosus nanus…

The common name of aspidium is shield fern. The common name of the aculeatum variety is the hard shield fern. The hard shield fern has dark green fronds which are one to three feet long.

Aspidium Aculeatum

The common name of aspidium is shield fern. The common name of the aculeatum variety is the hard shield…

Aspidium angulare is commonly known as the soft shield fern. Grandiceps is a narrow fronded variety. This fern has a broad, tasselled head.

Aspidium Angulare Grandiceps

Aspidium angulare is commonly known as the soft shield fern. Grandiceps is a narrow fronded variety.…

An illustration of a pinnule of aspidium showing veins and sori.

Pinnule of Aspidium

An illustration of a pinnule of aspidium showing veins and sori.

The common name of asplenium is spleenwort. Asplenium adiantum-nigrum is known as black spleenwort. There are several varieties of black spleenwort.

Rootstock and Fertile Fronds of Asplenium Adiantum-Nigrum

The common name of asplenium is spleenwort. Asplenium adiantum-nigrum is known as black spleenwort.…

This variety of black spleenwort is the large crested variety. The fronds are six to twelve inches long. The fern has a broad crest giving the fronds a graceful contour.

Asplenium Adiantum-Nigrum Grandiceps

This variety of black spleenwort is the large crested variety. The fronds are six to twelve inches long.…

The leaves of <I>Asplenium belangeria</I> are fifteen to eighteen inches long and three inches wide. There are twelve linear segments set nearly at right angles to the rachis.

Asplenium Belangeria

The leaves of Asplenium belangeria are fifteen to eighteen inches long and three inches wide. There…

The common name of asplenium ceterach is scale or scaly fern. This fern is found throughout Britain, Europe, and nothern Asia.

Asplenium Ceterach

The common name of asplenium ceterach is scale or scaly fern. This fern is found throughout Britain,…

The fronds of the asplenium fontanum fern are oblong and taper toward the base. The fronds are three to six inches long.

Asplenium Fontanum

The fronds of the asplenium fontanum fern are oblong and taper toward the base. The fronds are three…

<I>Asplenium myriophyllum</I> grows in extensive tufts with grayish brown stalks. The leaves are six to fifteen inches long.

Asplenium Myriophyllum

Asplenium myriophyllum grows in extensive tufts with grayish brown stalks. The leaves are six to fifteen…

The common name of asplenium nidus is bird's-nest fern. The fronds are undivided and are two to four feet long.

Asplenium Nidus

The common name of asplenium nidus is bird's-nest fern. The fronds are undivided and are two to four…

The common name of <I>Asplenium nidus</> is bird's nest fern. The fern has entire margined leaves. The veins are partly united to form a net.

Asplenium Nidus

The common name of Asplenium nidus is bird's nest fern. The fern has entire margined leaves. The veins…

Asplenium radicans fronds are shaped like a triangle. The fronds are between three and five feet long. This fern grows in the tropical regions of north and south America.

Asplenium Radicans

Asplenium radicans fronds are shaped like a triangle. The fronds are between three and five feet long.…

The common name of asplenium trichomanes is maidenhair spleenwort. Maidenhair spleenwort grows in Great Britain. Ther are several varieties of maidenhair spleenwort.

Asplenium Trichomanes

The common name of asplenium trichomanes is maidenhair spleenwort. Maidenhair spleenwort grows in Great…

Asplenium trichomanes cristatum is the crested maidenhair spleenwort. This variety requires greenhouse treatment.

Asplenium Trichomanes Cristatum

Asplenium trichomanes cristatum is the crested maidenhair spleenwort. This variety requires greenhouse…

The common name of asplenium viride is green spleenwort. This fern grows in both hemispheres. Each frond is four to six inches long with twelve to twenty leaves on each side of the frond.

Asplenium Viride

The common name of asplenium viride is green spleenwort. This fern grows in both hemispheres. Each frond…

An illustration of a pinnule of aspenium showing veins and sori.

Pinnule of Asplenium

An illustration of a pinnule of aspenium showing veins and sori.

Ball of a flowerless and seedless vascular plant.

Fern Balls

Ball of a flowerless and seedless vascular plant.

The <I>Blechnum brasiliense</I> fern grows from a stout trunk, about one foot long. The leaves are two to three feet long and one foot or more wide.

Blechnum Brasiliense

The Blechnum brasiliense fern grows from a stout trunk, about one foot long. The leaves are two to three…

Blechnum Braziliense is a fern native to Brazil. This fern also grows in Peru. The fronds are oblong and gradually narrow downwards.

Blechnum Braziliense

Blechnum Braziliense is a fern native to Brazil. This fern also grows in Peru. The fronds are oblong…

The leaves of <I>Blechnum occidentale</I> grow from an erect, rigid stem which is covered with brownish scales. The leaves are nine to eighteen inches long.

Blechnum Occidentale

The leaves of Blechnum occidentale grow from an erect, rigid stem which is covered with brownish scales.…

The common name of botrychium lunaria is common moonwort. The capsules are attached at the base. The leaves are wedge or fan shaped and grow on both sides of the stem.

Habit, Capsule, and Spores of Botrychium Lunaria

The common name of botrychium lunaria is common moonwort. The capsules are attached at the base. The…

<I>Botrychium obliquum</I> grows six to fifteen inches tall. The segments are oblong and less than one inch long.

Botrychium Obliquum

Botrychium obliquum grows six to fifteen inches tall. The segments are oblong and less than one inch…

"End of Branch, Common Brake. Bracken (Brake), a species of fern very common in America and Europe generally, and often covering large areas on hillsides and on untilled grounds." -Vaughan, 1906

Bracken Branch

"End of Branch, Common Brake. Bracken (Brake), a species of fern very common in America and Europe generally,…

A fern with fronds between 12 inches and 20 inches in length, with the width ranging between 4 inches and 8 inches.

Polypodium Vulgare Cambricum

A fern with fronds between 12 inches and 20 inches in length, with the width ranging between 4 inches…

Camptosorus rhizophyllus is a hardy fern. The leaves are simple and evergreen. The leaves taper from a heart shaped base. The leaves are four to twelve inches long.

Camptosorus Rhizophyllus

Camptosorus rhizophyllus is a hardy fern. The leaves are simple and evergreen. The leaves taper from…

Ceratopteris pteridoides ferns can be found from Florida to South America. The sterile leaves are short stalked with irregularly lobed margins. The fertile leaves are taller and divided into whip-like segments.

Ceratopteris Pteridoides

Ceratopteris pteridoides ferns can be found from Florida to South America. The sterile leaves are short…

The stalks and rachis of ceropteris calomelanos are nearly black. The leaves are one to three feet long.

Ceropteris Calomelanos

The stalks and rachis of ceropteris calomelanos are nearly black. The leaves are one to three feet long.

The leaf blades of ceropteris triangularis are two to five inches long and wide. The stalks are six to twelve inches long.

Ceropteris Triangularis

The leaf blades of ceropteris triangularis are two to five inches long and wide. The stalks are six…

The leaves of cheilanthes lanosa grow in dense tufts. The stalks are two to four inches long and slightly hairy. This fern can be found from Connecticut to Kansas and Alabama.

Cheilanthes Lanosa

The leaves of cheilanthes lanosa grow in dense tufts. The stalks are two to four inches long and slightly…

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation of the delicate frond of ferns. Remove a scale of rock and we discover an exquisite fossilized fern. Fossil ferns such as this acient tree fern are often found in association with coal seams.

Fossilized Coal Ferns

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation…

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation of the delicate frond of ferns. Remove a scale of rock and we discover an exquisite fossilized fern. Fossil ferns such as these are often found in association with coal seams.

Fossilized Coal Ferns

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation…

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation of the delicate frond of ferns. Remove a scale of rock and we discover an exquisite fossilized fern. Fossil ferns such as these are often found in association with coal seams. Fossil of scale tree, Lipidodendra.

Fossilized Coal Ferns

The rocky ceiling of a coal mine is ornamented everywhere by exquisite tracery, inimitale representation…

Common adler's tongue is the common name of ophioglossum vulgatum. The fronds are six to nine inches long. The fertile spike is one inch or more long.

Common Adler's Tongue

Common adler's tongue is the common name of ophioglossum vulgatum. The fronds are six to nine inches…

Illustrated is a fruiting pinnule of cyathea meridensis.

Cyathea Meridensis

Illustrated is a fruiting pinnule of cyathea meridensis.

Cyathea meridensis is a tree fern. It is native to Columbia. The segments are scaly on the ribs beneath.

Cyathea Meridensis

Cyathea meridensis is a tree fern. It is native to Columbia. The segments are scaly on the ribs beneath.

The common name of cyrtomium falcatum is holly fern. The fern is native to Japan and India. It has large, thick, glossy foliage.

Cyrtomium Falcatum

The common name of cyrtomium falcatum is holly fern. The fern is native to Japan and India. It has large,…

Cystopteris fragilis has clustered, gray green leaves. This species of fern is widely distributed over the world at all altitudes.

Cystopteris Fragilis

Cystopteris fragilis has clustered, gray green leaves. This species of fern is widely distributed over…

Illustrated is davallia bullata grown as a fern ball. It is native from India to Japan.

Davallia Bullata

Illustrated is davallia bullata grown as a fern ball. It is native from India to Japan.