spleenwort

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spleenwort

any of various ferns of the genus Asplenium, esp A. trichomanes, that often grows on walls, having linear or oblong sori on the undersurface of the fronds
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The following families of this order, treated in this paper, are Aspleniaceae (spleenworts), Azollaceae (mosquito ferns), Blechnaceae (chain ferns), and Dennstaedtiaceae (bracken and hay-scented ferns).
ASPLENIUM {ess-PLEEN-ee-um} Linnaeus 1753 * Spleenworts * [Greek splen, for spleen; once thought useful for diseases of the spleen.]
This fern was originally described by Andre Michaux in 1803 as a spleenwort because of its linear son.