Definitions

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  • noun botany Any of the genus Polypodium of ferns.

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

Examples

  • It was not for some time that it was discovered that by Paul Podgam he meant the polypodium fern.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex

  • One especially elegant polypodium growing on the ground has fronds about 6 or 7 feet long, and sometimes as much as 20 feet, and of proportionate width.

    The Heart of Nature or, The Quest for Natural Beauty

  • From a ledge in which ferns and orchids grew in careless profusion -- bird's-nest fern and polypodium and white-flowering orchid -- the crystal might be reached by a little manoeuvring.

    Tropic Days

  • Glossy, formal bird's-nest ferns and irregular mass of polypodium edged with fawn-coloured, infertile fronds fringe the sea-ward ending.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Another fig envelops some of its branches, two umbrella-trees cling stubbornly to its sides, a pandanus palm grows comfortably at the base of a limb, tons of staghorn, bird's-nest, polypodium, and other epiphytal ferns, have licence to flourish, orchids hang decoratively, and several shrubs spring aspiringly among its roots.

    Tropic Days

  • 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

  • The ferns were developed in remarkable beauty and size -- aspidiums, one of which is about six feet high, a woodsia, lomaria, and several species of polypodium.

    Travels in Alaska

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

    Travels in Alaska

  • (thymus alpinus), ferus (polypodium), the whortleberry (vitis idoea), ground ivy, and other climbing plants producing a wonderful effect.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales

  • Glossy, formal bird’s-nest ferns and irregular mass of polypodium edged with fawn-coloured, infertile fronds fringe the sea-ward ending.

    My Tropic Isle

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