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sweet fern,common name for several plants belonging to different botanical divisions. One is a shrub of the family Myricaceae (bayberrybayberry,
common name for the Myricaceae, a family of trees and shrubs with aromatic foliage, found chiefly in temperate and subtropical regions. The waxy gray "berries" of the North American wild or cultivated bayberry shrubs (chiefly Myrica cerifera
..... Click the link for more information. family) in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. ; others are plants of the genus Dryopteris in the division PolypodiophytaPolypodiophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of the plants commonly called ferns. The ferns are vascular plants with stems, roots, and leaves. The small and inconspicuous gametophyte and the large spore-producing fern plant are quite independent of each other.
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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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Strongly aromatic. Used for healing of the gums, ulcers, bleeding conditions, (astringent) ulcerative colitis, Crohn's. Helps all kinds of health conditions by taking the tea several times a day 5 days a week. Putting sweet fern leaves mixed in with a batch of blueberries helps magically preserve the blueberries for weeks, even a month. It is said sweet fern helps preserve life itself.