lip fern

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Noun1.lip fern - any of various terrestrial ferns of the genus Cheilanthes; cosmopolitan in arid and semiarid temperate or tropical regions
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
Cheilanthes, genus Cheilanthes - small evergreen ferns: lipferns; in some classifications placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae
Alabama lip fern, Cheilanthes alabamensis, smooth lip fern - southeastern United States to northern Mexico and Jamaica
Cheilanthes lanosa, hairy lip fern, wooly lip fern - small North American evergreen fern whose stipes and lower frond surfaces are densely wooly
Cheilanthes eatonii, southwestern lip fern - lip fern of Texas to Oklahoma and Colorado and Arizona and Mexico having tall erect tufted fronds
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CHEILANTHES {key-LAN-theez; kay-LAN-theez} Swartz 1806 * Lip Ferns * [Greek cheilos, margin, and anthus, flower, referring to the marginal sporangia; hence the name "Lip" fern.