Definition of filmy fern in English:

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filmy fern


A small fern of damp shady places, with wiry creeping stems and delicate forked fronds which are only one cell thick. They occur chiefly in tropical and subtropical regions.
  • Family Hymenophyllaceae: Hymenophyllum and other genera
Example sentences
  • Everything about it is supremely delicate, from the filmy fern leaves to the masses of mauve bell flowers with dangling pale gold anthers that hover over the garden like a pale mist in August.
  • There are filmy ferns, and more jagged ferns, ferns which look like moss, and the stumpy Mexican tree fern which never grows very tall.
  • Because of this high level of humidity, thick, lush mosses also thrive in the filmy fern house.
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