hay-scented fern


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Noun1.hay-scented fern - fern of eastern North America with pale green fronds and an aroma like hayhay-scented fern - fern of eastern North America with pale green fronds and an aroma like hay
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Dennstaedtia, genus Dennstaedtia - chiefly terrestrial ferns; in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae
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Density-dependent phenotypic variation in the hay-scented fern, Dennstaedtia punctilobula.
Deer avoid plants possessing chemical defenses or having little nutrition like rough goldenrod, white snakeroot, hay-scented fern, false hellebore, skunk cabbage, blue cohosh, glossy buckthorn and Pennsylvania sedge.
It is similar to Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula), but leaves are 4-pinnate-pinnatifid (instead of 2-pinnate-pinnatifid in Dennstaedtia) and has "flaps" (false outer indusia) that cover the sori along margins of the leaflets.