male fern

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male fern:

see fernfern,
any plant of the division Polypodiophyta. Fern species, numbering several thousand, are found throughout the world but are especially abundant in tropical rain forests. The ferns and their relatives (e.g.
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Male Fern


(Dryopteris filix-mas), an herbaceous perennial plant of the family Aspidiaceae. The leaf blades are twice pinnate, and the petiole and the rhizome have large, dark scales. The sori have budlike indusia, which are distributed on the lateral veins of the leaf blade segments. The male fern grows in shaded areas under shrubs in the forest zone of Eurasia and North America. An extract from the rhizome is used as a vermifuge for tapeworms and pinworms. The rhizomes also contain substances (by-products of filicinic acid) that cause muscular paralysis of intestinal parasites.

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You will also find linear male fern in the garden centres and one or two other variations on our most common fern.
Select evergreen varieties such as hart's tongue fern (pictured), male fern and soft shield fern that will cope with dim light and dry soil.
Include a few evergreen varieties such as the glossy- leaved hart's-tongue fern and the male fern, or Dryopteris filix-mas, which has coarse-looking fronds and suits dry and impoverished soil.
Soft shield ferns and 'Crispa Cristata' male ferns surround them, all growing above dwarf mondo grass and purple shamrock.