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noun
a fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having simple, triangular fronds tapering into a prolongation that bends at the top and often takes root at the apex.
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Also called walking leaf.

Origin of walking fern

First recorded in 1820–30
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walking fern

walking leaf


noun
a North American fern, Camptosorus rhizophyllus, having sword-shaped fronds, the tips of which take root when in contact with the ground: family Aspleniaceae
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