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tree fern

n.
Any of various large tropical ferns, especially of the families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae, having a woody trunklike stem and a terminal crown of large, pinnately divided fronds.

tree fern

n
(Plants) any of numerous large tropical ferns, mainly of the family Cyatheaceae, having a trunklike stem bearing fronds at the top

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n.
any of various mostly tropical ferns, chiefly of the family Cyatheaceae, that attain the size of trees.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.tree fern - any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large frondstree fern - any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
black tree fern, Cyathea medullaris, sago fern, silver tree fern - a showy tree fern of New Zealand and Australia having a crown of pinnated fronds with whitish undersides
Dicksonia antarctica, soft tree fern - of Australia and Tasmania; often cultivated; hardy in cool climates
Cibotium barometz, Scythian lamb - Asiatic tree fern having dense matted hairs sometimes used as a styptic
thyrsopteris, Thyrsopteris elegans - a terrestrial tree fern of South America
angiopteris, Angiopteris evecta, giant fern - highly variable species of very large primitive ferns of the Pacific tropical areas with high rainfall
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The species studied are terrestrial and belong to the group of leptosporangiate tree ferns of the Cyatheales.
and neochrome in several species of ferns, including Cyatheales.
Given the copious dispersal of spores and the strict environmental requirements of most Cyatheales, their distribution patterns have been regarded mainly as the product of differentiation by dispersal (Conant, 1983; Tryon, 1971).