from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of ferns having roundish sori at or near the ends of the veins, each sorus being covered by anindusium formed from the reflexed margin of the frond.

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  • n. small evergreen ferns: lipferns; in some classifications placed in family Polypodiaceae or Adiantaceae


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  • Many fine ferns dwell here also, especially the beautiful and interesting rock-ferns -- pellaea, and cheilanthes of several species -- fringing and rosetting dry rock-piles and ledges; woodwardia and asplenium on damp spots with fronds six or seven feet high; the delicate maiden-hair in mossy nooks by the falls, and the sturdy, broad-shouldered pteris covering nearly all the dry ground beneath the oaks and pines.

    The Yosemite

  • Naturally enough the greater number are rock ferns -- pellaea, cheilanthes, polypodium, adiantum, woodsia, cryptogramma, etc., with small tufted fronds, lining cool glens and fringing the seams of the cliffs.

    The Yosemite

  • I have seen three aspidiums, two woodsias, a lomaria, polypodium, cheilanthes, and several species of pteris.

    Travels in Alaska

  • Stock trading the cheilanthes of the fatality and arthur out at a unlittered rhodes archosaurian thou by our editorial at kid styrofoam.

    Rational Review

  • On the very top of Pinnacle Peak and similar elevations, grows the beautiful mountain lace fern (_cheilanthes gracillima.

    The Mountain that was 'God' Being a Little Book About the Great Peak Which the Indians Named 'Tacoma' but Which is Officially Called 'Rainier'


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