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Bracken vs. Fern

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Brackennoun

Any of several coarse ferns, of the genus Pteridium, that form dense thickets; often poisonous to livestock.

Fernnoun

Any of a group of some twenty thousand species of vascular plants classified in the division Pteridophyta that lack seeds and reproduce by shedding spores to initiate an alternation of generations.

Brackennoun

(uncountable) An area of countryside heavily populated by this fern.

Fernadverb

Long ago.

Brackennoun

A brake or fern.

Fernadjective

Ancient; old. [Obs.] "Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes." [saints].

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Brackennoun

fern of southeastern Asia; not hardy in cold temperate regions

Fernnoun

An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size.

Brackennoun

large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan

Fernnoun

any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores

Bracken

Bracken (Pteridium) is a genus of large, coarse ferns in the family Dennstaedtiaceae. Ferns (Pteridophyta) are vascular plants that have alternating generations, large plants that produce spores and small plants that produce sex cells (eggs and sperm).

Fern

A fern (Polypodiopsida or Polypodiophyta ) is a member of a group of vascular plants (plants with xylem and phloem) that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. They differ from mosses and other bryophytes by being vascular, i.e., having specialized tissues that conduct water and nutrients and in having life cycles in which the branched sporophyte is the dominant phase.

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