Christmas fern


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Christmas fern

n.
An eastern North American evergreen fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance-shaped fronds.

[So called because the fronds remain green in winter and were formerly much used as Christmas decorations.]
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Noun1.Christmas fern - North American evergreen fern having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance-shaped frondsChristmas fern - North American evergreen fern having pinnate leaves and dense clusters of lance-shaped fronds
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
genus Polystichum, Polystichum - small to medium-sized terrestrial ferns especially holly ferns; in some classification systems placed in Polypodiaceae
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As spring turns to summer, the smaller Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, becomes slightly taller and more apparent in the yard.