from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small genus Of usually epiphytic middle-American ferns, allied to Polypodium, having broadly ovate, deeply pinnatifid fronds from 1 to 3 feet long, with veins copiously anastomosing to form one or more regular series of areolæ in which the sori are borne, each upon the united ends of two or more excurrent veinlets of the same areola. The type species of the genus, P. aureum, is abundant in the West Indies and extends to Florida, where it occurs uniformly on the trunks of the palmetto.

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  • n. chiefly epiphytic tropical ferns with free veins bearing sori


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  • Use this phlebodium as a focal point in a shady garden plot or to provide contrast with the variety of lacier ferns.

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  • The combination makes this phlebodium one of the most distinctive and sought-after ferns in the business.

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