Definition of Flowering fern

1. Noun. Australasian fern with clusters of sporangia on stems of fertile fronds.

Exact synonyms: Helminthostachys Zeylanica
Generic synonyms: Fern
Group relationships: Genus Helminthostachys, Helminthostachys

2. Noun. Any fern of the genus Osmunda: large ferns with creeping rhizomes; naked sporangia are on modified fronds that resemble flower clusters.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flowering Fern

flowering almond
flowering ash
flowering cherry
flowering crab
flowering fern (current term)
flowering glume
flowering hazel
flowering onion
flowering plants
flowering quince
flowering raspberry
flowering shrub
flowering spurge
flowering stone
flowering tobacco
flowering tree
flowering wintergreen

Literary usage of Flowering fern

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1. Botany of the United States North of Virginia: Comprising Descriptions of by Lewis Caleb Beck (1848)
"Woolly Flowering-fern. 17. LYGODIUM. Swartz.—Climbing Fern. (From the Greek A»y>{, a twig; in allusion to its twining habit.) Spore-cases sessile, ovate, ..."

2. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"... good reason why reliable preparations should not be the rule rather than, as heretofore, the exception. OSMUNDA.—flowering fern. Osmunda regalis Linne. ..."

3. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa Gray, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1908)
"L. flowering fern Fertile fronds or fertile portions of the frond destitute of chlorophyll, very much contracted, and bearing on the margins of the narrow ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"The flowering Fern, S. Osmunda Regalis, Linn. The proper designation of this, I am informed, is also the Pteris aquilina. It may have been designed aquilina ..."

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