One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Australian a very large fern with erect bipinnate fronds, native to parts of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, Todea barbara (family Osmundaceae).
2NZ the large tropical fern Marattia salicina; = "para".
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer.
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