sweet fern

sweet fern, common name for several plants belonging to different botanical divisions. One is a shrub of the family Myricaceae (bayberry family) in the division Magnoliophyta; others are plants of the genus Dryopteris in the division Polypodiophyta (ferns).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on sweet fern from Fact Monster:

  • fern - fern fern, any plant of the division Polypodiophyta. Fern species, numbering several thousand, are ...
  • bayberry - bayberry bayberry, common name for the Myricaceae, a family of trees and shrubs with aromatic ...
  • Encyclopedia: Plants - Encyclopeadia articles concerning Plants.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Plants