walking fern


walking fern
a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex. Also called walking leaf.
[1820-30]

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plant
      fern that is a member either of the species Asplenium rhizophyllum, of eastern North America, or of A. sibiricum, of eastern Asia, in the family Aspleniaceae. The common name derives from the fact that new plantlets sprout wherever the tips of parent plant's arching leaves touch the ground. The plant's leaves are evergreen, undivided, and slightly leathery; they are triangular in shape, tapering to a thin point. Spore-bearing structures are in clusters along the veins. Walking ferns are hardy plants that inhabit shady areas of limestone ledges and limey wooded areas.

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  • Walking fern — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking fern — may refer to two species of fern in the genus Asplenium which are occasionally placed in a separate genus Camptosorus . The name walking fern derives from the fact that new plantlets grow wherever the arching leaves of the parent touch the ground …   Wikipedia

  • walking fern — ☆ walking fern n. a native American fern (Camptosorus rhizophyllus) of the most common family (Polypodiaceae) of ferns, having simple lanceolate leaves with a protracted tip that roots when it touches the ground …   English World dictionary

  • walking fern — lapašaknė kalnarūtė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kalnarūtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Asplenium rhizophyllum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Asplenium rhizophyllum angl. walking fern šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • walking fern — /ˈwɔkɪŋ fɜn/ (say wawking fern) noun a fern of the family Polypodiaceae, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, with simple fronds tapering into a prolongation which often takes root at the apex …   Australian English dictionary

  • walking fern — noun Either of two species of fern in the genus Asplenium (A. rhizophyllum or A. sibiricum) that produces new plantlets from the tips of its leaves …   Wiktionary

  • walking fern — noun ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tip • Syn: ↑walking leaf, ↑Asplenium rhizophyllum, ↑Camptosorus rhizophyllus • Hypernyms: ↑spleenwort …   Useful english dictionary

  • Walking — Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of numerous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking beam — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking crane — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English