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aruhe (Maori) the edible root of a New Zealand fern.
aspidioid like an aspidium, a shield-fern.
aspidium (Greek) a shield-fern.
asplenium (Greek) a genus of fern, aka spleenwort.
azolla a small water fern.
bracken a large fern.
bungwall (Aborig.) an Australian fern with an edible rhizome.
ceterach a kind of fern.
elkhorn as in elkhorn fern, a fern with a large leaf like an elk's horn.
fern a flowerless vascular plant.
fernally a vascular flowerless plant other than a fern.
fernless without ferns.
fernlike like a fern.
fernshaw a thicket of ferns.
ferny covered with ferns.
lunary the moonwort fern; the plant honesty.
maidenhair a fern of the genus Adiantum, having very slender graceful stalks.
mamakau (Maori) a tall edible New Zealand tree fern.
mamako (Maori) a tall edible New Zealand tree fern.
mamaku (Maori) a tall edible New Zealand tree fern.
miha (Maori) a young fern frond that has not opened.
nephrolepis any fern of the genus Nephrolepis, some being grown as house plants.
osmund any fern of the genus Osmunda, that includes royal fern.
osmunda any fern of the genus Osmunda, that includes royal fern.
pillwort a water-fern found at lake margins.
polypody a fern with creeping rootstocks.
ponga (Maori) a tall tree-fern of New Zealand, with soft thick leaves.
pteridine any member of a genus of ferns that includes bracken.
pteridosperm an extinct group of seed plants which bore fernlike leaves.
punga (Maori) a tall tree-fern of New Zealand, with soft thick leaves.
rhizocarp a water-fern or heterosporous fern.
salviniaceous of or like the Salvinia family, water ferns.
schizaeaceous belonging to the Schizaeaceae, a tropical genus of ferns.
scolopendrium any fern with undivided leaves of the genus Scolopendrium, incl hart's tongue.
spleenwort any fern of the genus Asplenium, some species of which were anciently used as remedies for disorders of the spleen.
staghorn as in staghorn fern, a type of fern with fronds that resemble antlers; (noun) a stag's antler.
tara (Maori) a variety of bracken found in New Zealand and Tasmania.
woodfern an evergreen fern.
woodsia a genus of ferns.