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bladder fern

any of several ferns of the genus Cystopteris, having pinnate leaves and growing in rocky areas.
Origin of bladder fern
First recorded in 1820-30; so called from the bladderlike indusium Unabridged
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  • The bladder fern is propagated in part from its bulblets, while the walking leaf bends over to the earth and roots at the tip.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
British Dictionary definitions for bladder fern

bladder fern

a small fern, Cystoperis fragilis, with graceful lanceolate leaves, typically growing on limestone rocks and walls
Word Origin
C19: named from the bladder-shaped indusium
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