tree fern


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tree fern

n.
Any of various large tropical ferns, especially of the families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae, having a woody trunklike stem and a terminal crown of large, pinnately divided fronds.

tree fern

n
(Plants) any of numerous large tropical ferns, mainly of the family Cyatheaceae, having a trunklike stem bearing fronds at the top

tree′ fern`


n.
any of various mostly tropical ferns, chiefly of the family Cyatheaceae, that attain the size of trees.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.tree fern - any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large frondstree fern - any of numerous usually tropical ferns having a thick woody stem or caudex and a crown of large fronds; found especially in Australia and New Zealand; chiefly of the families Cyatheaceae and Marattiaceae but some from Polypodiaceae
fern - any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
black tree fern, Cyathea medullaris, sago fern, silver tree fern - a showy tree fern of New Zealand and Australia having a crown of pinnated fronds with whitish undersides
Dicksonia antarctica, soft tree fern - of Australia and Tasmania; often cultivated; hardy in cool climates
Cibotium barometz, Scythian lamb - Asiatic tree fern having dense matted hairs sometimes used as a styptic
thyrsopteris, Thyrsopteris elegans - a terrestrial tree fern of South America
angiopteris, Angiopteris evecta, giant fern - highly variable species of very large primitive ferns of the Pacific tropical areas with high rainfall
References in classic literature ?
The water was quite free from reptiles, and the vegetation upon the banks of the river had altered to more open and parklike forest, with eucalyptus and acacia mingled with a scattering of tree ferns, as though two distinct periods of geologic time had overlapped and merged.
The forest abounded with beautiful objects; among which the tree ferns, though not large, were, from their bright green foliage, and the elegant curvature of their fronds, most worthy of admiration.
THIS fabulous tree fern grew when dinosaurs roamed.
QI'm tempted to buy a tree fern, but will it survive outside?
Considering that in southern Brazil there is no dry season, photoperiod and temperature were expected to be important abiotic factors affecting the phenology of the tree fern analysed.
Tree fern trunks facilitate seedling regeneration in a productive lowland temperate rain forest.
Similarly, tender ferns such as the tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) should be protected.
Other exotics include the tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica, another popular species in the contemporary garden which is particularly suited to smaller spaces as it's slow growing.
In a cloud forest site in Jamaica, one species of tree fern, Cyathea pubens, occupies 17% of the ground cover, a proportion that is very high considering that tree ferns do not show secondary thickening, that is to say, they are not woody and do not increase their diameter as trees do.
A four-tier waterfall feature flanks steps leading down to a square lawn with central box hedge and established borders with a wealth of mature shrubs, specimen trees, two olive trees and many plants including a tree fern.