This ClipArt gallery offers 160 illustrations of ferns. 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 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…

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…

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.…

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 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…

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…

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.

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 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…

"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…

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.

Illustrated is a fruiting pinnule of cyathea meridensis.

Cyathea Meridensis

Illustrated is a fruiting pinnule of cyathea meridensis.

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.

Davallia bullata has a creeping rootstock clothed with light, hair like scales. The leaves are scattered and six to ten inches long.

Davallia Bullata

Davallia bullata has a creeping rootstock clothed with light, hair like scales. The leaves are scattered…

Tree ferns that are dead can be used but covering it with other small ferns for decoration.

Dead Tree Fern, Decorated with Ferns

Tree ferns that are dead can be used but covering it with other small ferns for decoration.

Illustrated is the tip of a leaf of dennstaedtia punctilobula. The leaves are one to two and a half feet long. The leaves are light green.

Dennstaedtia Punctiolbula

Illustrated is the tip of a leaf of dennstaedtia punctilobula. The leaves are one to two and a half…

Illustrated is the fruiting lobe of dennstaedtia punctilobula.

Dennstaedtia Punctilobula

Illustrated is the fruiting lobe of dennstaedtia punctilobula.

Didymochlaena lunulata is native from Cuba to Brazil. The leaves are clustered from an erect, rigid stem. The leaves are three to six feet long.

Didymochlaena Lunulata

Didymochlaena lunulata is native from Cuba to Brazil. The leaves are clustered from an erect, rigid…

Dryopteris marginalis is native from Canada southward. It is a very common fern. The leaves are six inches to two feet long.

Dryopteris Marginalis

Dryopteris marginalis is native from Canada southward. It is a very common fern. The leaves are six…

Dryopteris parasitica is native to the tropical regions of both hemispheres. It often grows as a weed in greenhouses.

Dryopteris Parasitica

Dryopteris parasitica is native to the tropical regions of both hemispheres. It often grows as a weed…

Scalariform ducts of a Fern, torn into a band.

Ducts

Scalariform ducts of a Fern, torn into a band.

The common name of elaphoglossum crinitum is elephant ear fern. The blades are ten to eighteen inches long and four to eight inches wide. The fertile leaves are smaller on shorter stalks.

Elaphoglossum Crinitum

The common name of elaphoglossum crinitum is elephant ear fern. The blades are ten to eighteen inches…

Elaphoglossum villosum is native to Mexico and the west Indies. The sterile blades are six to nine inches long. The fertile leaves have abundant slender, dark brown scales.

Elaphoglossum Villosum

Elaphoglossum villosum is native to Mexico and the west Indies. The sterile blades are six to nine inches…

This is a type of fern referred to as the holy Japanese fern.

Cyrtomium Falcatum

This is a type of fern referred to as the holy Japanese fern.

A common fern plant.

Fern

A common fern plant.

A common fern plant.

Fern

A common fern plant.