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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.
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tree fern

n
(Plants) any of numerous large tropical ferns, mainly of the family Cyatheaceae, having a trunklike stem bearing fronds at the top
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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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.
SI was involved in the popularisation of Dicksonia antarctica, that amazing Tasmanian tree fern which sprung up on makeover shows, magazines and books about 20 years ago.
In this study, we report galls on the Brazilian tree fern Cyathea phalerata Mart.
Specific topics encompass the paleobotany of Livingston Island, Antarctica; targeted isolation and sequence assembly and characterization of the white spruce; the complete chloroplast genome sequence of a tree fern; reverse genetic analyses of gene function in fern gametophytes; glossopterid seed ferns from the Late Permian period; pollen development; DNA barcoding in the Cycadales; expressed sequence tag analysis in Ginkgo biloba; frequent fires in ancient shrub tundra; the history of native plant communities in the South; past vegetation patterns of New Mexico's Rio Del Oso Valley; and East Asian monsoon and paleoclimatic data analysis.
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.
Due to their epiphytic (non-parasitic) habit, they require an organic, loose, well-drained potting medium such as sphagnum moss alone or mixed with other materials like tree fern fiber and leaf mold.
Gardener: My garden has extensive landscaping and rare tropical plants; a butterfly garden ; varieties of ferns, including a 6-foot tall Australian tree fern; and banana and citrus trees which provide fruit most of the year.
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.