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  • n  persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant
  • n  woody stem of palms and tree ferns
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  • Tree ferns bring tropical Australia to your garden
    Tree ferns look just like their names describe — tree-sized ferns, with a caudex, or trunk. They’re so iconically tropical in appearance, you can’t help but feel like you’re in a Hawaiian rainforest when standing in their presence. You might also expect to see a dinosaur devouring the delicate fronds, since ferns in general look “primitive,” and an arborescent example would certainly attract a ...
    July 30, 2013 - Miami Herald

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