moonwort


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Related to moonwort: Botrychium multifidum

moonwort

(ˈmuːnˌwɜːt)
n
1. (Plants) Also called (US): grape fern any of various ferns of the genus Botrychium, esp B. lunaria, which has crescent-shaped leaflets
2. (Plants) another name for honesty4
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Noun1.moonwort - of America and Eurasia and Australiamoonwort - of America and Eurasia and Australia
grape fern - a fern of the genus Botrychium having a fertile frond bearing small grapelike clusters of spore cases
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Some species prefer short grasslands, at somewhat lower altitude, including club mosses, the hairy stonecrop (Sedum villosum), Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala), and the Alpine Moonwort (Botrychium nivalis), which only grows two inches high.
The isolated range is home to rare plants that have suffered since the arrival of the goats, which have feasted on triangular-lobed moonwort, cut-leaf synthyris, tall bugbane and Cotton's milkvetch among others.