tree fern


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tree fern,

any 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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 having a treelike trunk. Sometimes other similar primitive plants are also called tree fern, e.g., species of cycadcycad
, any plant of the order Cycadales, tropical and subtropical palmlike evergreens. The cycads, ginkgoes, and conifers comprise the three major orders of gymnosperms, or cone-bearing plants (see cone and plant). The cycads first appeared in the Permian period.
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tree fern

[′trē ‚fərn]
(botany)
The common name for plants belonging to the families Cyatheaceae and Dicksoniaceae; all are ferns that exhibit an arborescent habit.

tree fern

any of numerous large tropical ferns, mainly of the family Cyatheaceae, having a trunklike stem bearing fronds at the top
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On the first terrace of my sloping site I built a rectangular pool and surrounded it with around 10 tree ferns.
A Tree ferns are native to Australia and New Zealand so are not used to cold weather.
Visit a normal garden centre and ask for ferns these days and you are likely to be presented with tree ferns, a couple of house plant ferns and perhaps two or three hardy garden ferns for those damp, shady places.
A corner of his substantial acreage is given over to life-sized model dinosaurs (flown in by helicopter, no less) masses of the huge-leaved gunnera manicata and tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica).
Underneath, hapu'u tree ferns stand tall on bundles of broomsticklike aerial roots.
For the more ambitious there is the splendid Australian Tree fern which requires regular watering and winter protection to establish over here, the most popular growing at no more than an inch a year.
At the end of the garden near the front door, a 7-by 10-foot bed holds an Australian tree fern, impatiens, and clivia.
Sometimes misleadingly called the Tasmanian Tree Fern, the majority of Dicksonia antarctica grow on mainland Australia where the natural habitat is moist and humid.
I HAVE been given a tree fern. Does it need special treatment?
The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens friends group will be planting a Dicksonia tree fern.