Fern. New York Fern.
August 25. Broad Beech Fern.
August 30. Marsh Fern.
September 5. Bracken or Brake.
September 10. Climbing Fern. Narrow-leaved Spleenwort.
September 15. Massachusetts Fern. Green Spleenwort. Sensitive
Fern. Ternate Grape Fern.
September 30. Narrow-leaved Chain Fern.
ACUMINATE. Gradually tapering to a point.
ACULEATE. Prickly. Beset with prickles.
ACUTE. Sharp pointed, but not tapering.
ADVENTITIOUS. Irregular, incidental. Growing out
of the usual or normal position.
ANASTOMOSING. Connected by cross veins and forming
a network as in the Sensitive
ANNULUS. A jointed, elastic ring surrounding
the spore cases in most ferns.
ANTHERIDIA. The male organs on a prothallium.
APEX The top or pointed end of leaf or frond. (plu. APICES).
ARCHEGONIA. The female organs on a prothallium.
AREOLA. A space formed by intersecting
veins; a mesh.
AURICLE. An ear-shaped lobe at the base.
ARTICULATE. Jointed; having a joint or node.
AXIL. The angle formed by a leaf or
branch with the stem.
BI (Latin, Two, twice, doubly. bis, twice).
BLADE. The expanded, leafy portion of a frond.
BULBLET. A small bulb, borne on a leaf or in
CAUDATE. With a slender, tail-like appendage.
CAUDEX. A trunk or stock of a plant; especially
of a tree fern.
CHAFF. Thin, dry scales of a yellowish-brown
CHLOROPHYLL. The green coloring matter of plants.
CILIATE. Fringed with fine hairs.
CIRCINATE. Coiled downward from the apex, as
in the young fronds of a fern.
COMPOUND. Divided into two or more parts.
CONFLUENT. Blended together.
CRENATE. Scalloped with rounded teeth; said of margins.
CROSIER. An uncoiling frond.
CUSPIDATE. Hard pointed, tipped with a cusp.
DECIDUOUS. Falling away when done growing—not evergreen.
DECOMPOUND. More than once compounded or divided.
DECURRENT. Running down the stem below the
point of insertion, as the bases of some pinnae.
DECUMBENT. Not erect; trailing, bending along
the ground, but with the apex ascending.
DEFLEXED. Bent or turned abruptly downward.
DENTATE. Toothed. Having the teeth of a
margin directed outward.
DICHOTOMOUS. Forking regularly in pairs.
DIMORPHOUS. Of two forms; said of ferns whose