Definition of marsh fern in English:

marsh fern

Pronunciation /märSH fərn/ /mɑrʃ fərn/


  • A tall fern that grows in marshes in North America and Eurasia.

    Thelypteris palustris, family Thelypteridaceae

    ‘Many members of the marsh fern family, particularly those in the genus Thelypteris, are difficult to distinguish at first glance.’
    • ‘Marsh fern, cinnamon fern, and bracken fern grow in full sun. Most ferns prefer moist soil and partial shade.’
    • ‘Marsh fern is one of the best fern species for wet soils, although not as robust as cinnamon, royal, and ostrich ferns.’
    • ‘Marsh fern spreads rapidly, especially when given supplemental water or grown in damp soil.’
    • ‘The western section contains the main feature of this reserve, an area dominated by common reed with hemlock water-dropwort, marsh pennywort, gipsywort, marsh fern and soft-rush hidden away among the reeds.’