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(Plants) any fern of the tropical genus Nephrolepis, some species of which are grown as ornamental greenhouse or house plants for their handsome deeply-cut drooping fronds: family Polypodiaceae. Also called: ladder fern or Boston fern
[New Latin, from Greek nephros kidney + lepis scale (from the shape of the indusium)]
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Noun1.nephrolepis - small genus of tropical fernsNephrolepis - small genus of tropical ferns; sometimes placed in Polypodiaceae
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies
family Oleandraceae, Oleandraceae - one of a number of families into which Polypodiaceae has been subdivided in some classification systems
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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Number: RV562 Nephrolepidaceae Nephrolepis dicksonioides Christ Name: ungkubuk Life form/habitat: Small fem in second growth.
In spite of the fact that the genus has been variably treated as a member of the Polypodiaceae, Dryopteridaceae, and Nephrolepidaceae several early authors recognized the unique nature of the group.