Boston fern

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Boston fern

Boston fern

A cultivar of the sword fern Nephrolepis exaltata, having arching or drooping pinnate fronds and popular as a houseplant.

[So called because the cultivar was first discovered in a lot of fern plants shipped to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and subsequently propagated by a local distributor.]

Bos′ton fern′

a variety of sword fern, Nephrolepsis exaltata bostoniensis, having long, narrow, drooping fronds.
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Noun1.Boston fern - a sword fern with arching or drooping pinnate frondsBoston fern - a sword fern with arching or drooping pinnate fronds; a popular houseplant
sword fern - any of several tropical ferns having more or less sword-shaped fronds including one from which the Boston fern developed
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Enhance the quality of a space by introducing fresh air through the help of air-purifying plants such as the tall Areca palm or lush Boston fern.
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