Tag Archives: Polystichum acrostichoides

Word of the Week: Sporangium

Although sporangia, in which spores are produced and stored, are often associated with fungi and seedless plants, such as bryophytes (e.g., mosses) and ferns, they occur in all plants some time during their life cycles. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Frond

Although people may refer to the leaves of palms and palm-like woody plants (cycads) as fronds, some botanists restrict the term to ferns. Each fiddlehead that emerges from a fern’s underground rhizome is a coiled leaf or frond… Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Ramentum

This word, related largely to ferns, usually appears in the plural, ramenta, and often with the modifier “chaffy,” as above. Continue reading

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FERN: Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Christmas Fern is a forever plant, a lifetime fern with beautiful leathery lance-shaped fronds growing in arching, circular clusters from the crown. The common name is derived from its evergreen nature and from the shape of its pinnae which suggest Christmas stockings. This native is common throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Continue reading

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