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fern

Chinese medicine
Any of a number of ferns (Aspidium falcatum, Dryopteris crassirhizoma, Nephrodium filix, Onoclea orientalis, Woodwardia radicans), the rhizomes of which are used in traditional Chinese medicine; all are referred to guan jung (guan zhong), and thus not differentiated by genus or species. Ferns are anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic and haemostatic, and are used for abscesses, menorrhagia, leukorrhoea, intestinal parasites and thyroiditis.

fern

any pteridophyte plant of the class filicinae, subdivision Pteropsida of the division Tracheophyta, at one time classified in the division Pteridophyta. The ferns constitute the great majority of species in the division and possess large, conspicuous aerial DIPLOID (2) stems. Sporangia are borne on the underside of leaves and the HAPLOID (2) spores usually give rise to homosporous prothalli which carry both ANTHERIDIA and ARCHEGONIA. There is a small group of heterosporous aquatic ferns (see HETEROSPORY).

fern

a terrestrial vascular plant of the order Filicales; reproduction is through spores. A few ferns are poisonous. See pteridium aquilinum, equisetum, cheilanthes, dryopteris. Called also pteridophyte.
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Mr Hassell said Ferny was perhaps the best bull he has seen in some 20 years of judging.
The large, attractive poppy flowers look fragile with crumpled petals in a wide range of colours, supported by wiry stems with very delicate, ferny foliage.
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This gives the plant a ferny feel and is smothered with masses of soft yellow daisies most of the summer.
Yesterday Mello, 27, of Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, and Evans, 29, of Ferny Brown Road, Woodchurch, appeared together in the dock at Wirral magistrates court.
During their first two years, plants should be left to form lots of ferny foliage, then you can cut down the stems in autumn, leaving 5cm stumps above the ground.
tm follows the antics of Piggley Winks, an eight-year old pig, and his friends Ferny the Bull and Dannan the Duck on Raloo Farm.
Sea Shells is a tall growing - 3 1/2 ft variety said to have finely cut ferny foliage useful for cutting.
Plant of the Week - Corydalis flexuosa IF YOU like blue flowers, you shouldn't be without this small plant, which covers an area of 20cm and only reaches 30cm high, producing unusual, delicate, tubular 2cm flowers on light-green, ferny foliage.
Corydalis flexuosa If you like blue flowers, you shouldn't be without this small plant which covers an area of 20cm and only reaches 30cm high, producing unusual, delicate, tubular 2 1 /2cm flowers on light green, ferny foliage.