from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small genus of polypodiaceous ferns, the chainferns, mostly natives of north temperate regions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A genus of ferns, one species of which (
Woodwardia radicans) is a showy plant in California, the Azores, etc.
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- noun in some classification systems placed in family Polypodiaceae: chain ferns
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These relict forests include many Tertiary relict species such as Laurus nobilis, Arbutus unedo, Rhamnus alaternus, as well as several fern species, such as Woodwardia radicans, Culcita macrocarpa, and Stennograma pozoi.
Ferns occur in more abundance, thence downwards Woodwardia, Dicksonia?
Saccharum aristatum, Salix lanata, Woodwardia, Primula minor, which grows in shade on the Khasya hills, is found here in sunny wet places.
Woodwardia radicans is a superb, broad-shouldered fern five to eight feet high, growing in vase-shaped clumps where tile ground is nearly level and on some of the benches of the north wall of the Valley where it is watered by a broad trickling stream.
Besides those common to England, the Pteris cretica grows luxuriantly in the damp ravines, as well as that most beautiful of European ferns, the Woodwardia radicans, whose fronds are often more than six feet long.
_Woodwardia virginica_] (1) THE COMMON CHAIN FERN.
Bindweeds, and an ivy very different from that of Europe (Hedera canariensis) entwine the trunks of the laurels; at their feet vegetate a numberless quantity of ferns, * (* Woodwardia radicans, Asplenium palmatum, A. canariensis, A. latifolium, Nothalaena subcordata,