cliff brake

cliff brake
noun
any of several small lithophytic ferns of tropical and warm temperate regions
Syn: ↑cliff-brake, ↑rock brake
Hypernyms: ↑fern
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑Pellaea, ↑genus Pellaea

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noun
: a fern of the genus Pellaea (especially P. atropurpurea) growing usually on cliffs and walls

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any of several common ferns of the genus Pellaea, usually growing in pockets of thin soil on rocks.
[1865-70, Amer.]

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  • Pellaea atropurpurea — ID 60420 Symbol Key PEAT2 Common Name purple cliffbrake Family Pteridaceae Category Fern Division Pteridophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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