Lygodium palmatum
Fern Fern (f[~e]rn), n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn, farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.) An order of cryptogamous plants, the {Filices}, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size. [1913 Webster]

Note: The plants are asexual, and bear clustered sporangia, containing minute spores, which germinate and form prothalli, on which are borne the true organs of reproduction. The brake or bracken, the maidenhair, and the polypody are all well known ferns. [1913 Webster]

{Christmas fern}. See under {Christmas}.

{Climbing fern} (Bot.), a delicate North American fern ({Lygodium palmatum}), which climbs several feet high over bushes, etc., and is much sought for purposes of decoration.

{Fern owl}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The European goatsucker. (b) The short-eared owl. [Prov. Eng.] -- {Fern shaw}, a fern thicket. [Eng.] --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]


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  • Lygodium palmatum — Lygodium Ly*go di*um, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? flexible; ? a willow twig + e i^dos form.] (Bot.) A genus of ferns with twining or climbing fronds, bearing stalked and variously lobed divisions in pairs. [1913 Webster] Note: {Lygodium palmatum}, much… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lygodium palmatum — ID 50801 Symbol Key LYPA3 Common Name American climbing fern Family Lygodiaceae Category Fern Division Pteridophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Lygodium palmatum — noun delicate fern of the eastern United States having a twining stem and palmately lobed sterile fronds and forked fertile fronds • Syn: ↑creeping fern, ↑Hartford fern • Hypernyms: ↑climbing fern …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lygodium palmatum (Bernh.) Sw. — Symbol LYPA3 Common Name American climbing fern Botanical Family Lygodiaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Lygodium palmatum (Bernh.) Sw. — Symbol LYPA3 Common Name American climbing fern Botanical Family Lygodiaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Lygodium — japonicum Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

  • Lygodium — Ly*go di*um, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? flexible; ? a willow twig + e i^dos form.] (Bot.) A genus of ferns with twining or climbing fronds, bearing stalked and variously lobed divisions in pairs. [1913 Webster] Note: {Lygodium palmatum}, much prized for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • climbing fern — noun any of several ferns of the genus Lygodium that climb by twining • Hypernyms: ↑fern, ↑climber • Hyponyms: ↑creeping fern, ↑Hartford fern, ↑Lygodium palmatum, ↑climbing maidenhair, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hartford fern — noun delicate fern of the eastern United States having a twining stem and palmately lobed sterile fronds and forked fertile fronds • Syn: ↑creeping fern, ↑Lygodium palmatum • Hypernyms: ↑climbing fern * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized H …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cataclysta camptozonale — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

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