whisk fern


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Related to whisk fern: spike moss, Lycopodium, Horsetails, quillworts

whisk fern

n.
An epiphytic vascular plant (Psilotum nudum) of subtropical and tropical North and Central America, Asia, and Africa, having leafless green branching stems that bear spores.
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Noun1.whisk fern - chiefly tropical clump-forming plants of skeletal appearance resembling whisk broomswhisk fern - chiefly tropical clump-forming plants of skeletal appearance resembling whisk brooms; lacking roots
fern ally - pteridophytes of other classes than Filicopsida
genus Psilotum, Psilotum - type genus of the Psilotaceae
Psilotum nudum, skeleton fork fern - pantropical epiphytic or terrestrial whisk fern with usually dull yellow branches and minute leaves; America; Japan; Australia
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Left: whisk fern, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA.
The Garden Of The Groves, eight miles from Freeport, has a collection of native and non-native plants that include the whisk fern, said to be one of our oldest surviving plants.
1): leptosporangiate ferns, marattioid ferns, psilophytes (adder's tongue ferns, moonworts, and whisk ferns respectively), and horsetails (Smith et al.