The organ formed by the combination or union into one body of stem and leaf, and often bearing the fructification; as, the frond of a fern or of a lichen or seaweed; also, the peculiar leaf of a palm tree.
A leaf of a fern. The fern stems are often at or below the soil surface and are very inconspicuous, so the fronds are the portion of ferns that most people see. Fronds may be as small as one inch in length or as much as 3 feet or more and they may range from undivided to divided several times into very small segments.
The leaf of a fern. ruits: The seed bearing part of a plant. Different kinds of fruits include: Berry: a juicy fruit which usually contains several seeds. Capsule: a dry or fleshy fruit which splits open to release the seeds. Nutlet: a hard dry fruit containing a single seed. Pod: a long dry fruit, usually containing several large seeds, which splits open along one or both seams to release the seeds.
A frond is the leaf- like structure of a fern or alga. The term is colloquially applied to the leaves of palms, cycads, and plants with pinnately compound leaves. A significant difference is that, unlike the leaves of the latter, fern fronds bear the reproductive structures (spore-bearing structures) of the sporophyte plant.