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ebony spleenwort

a fern, Asplenium platyneuron, of woody areas of North America, having ladderlike leaves and shiny, dark brown stems.
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An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The fronds of the ebony spleenwort usually face the sun, even if so doing necessitates the twisting of its stalk.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons

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