Definition of woodsia in English:



  • A small tufted fern that grows among rocks in mountains in temperate and cool regions.

    • ‘Northern woodsia occurs on rock cliffs, crevices, talus, and rocky, boreal woods in sun to partial shade.’
    • ‘Some woodsias flourish on the north shore of Lake Superior.’
    • ‘In dry weather, rusty woodsia fronds dry out and curl up, but they can turn green again after a rain.’
    • ‘It is distinguished from all other Woodsia in our area by its smooth stem and leaf surfaces, devoid of the hairs and scales so common in our other woodsias, as well as its smooth, yellow-green petiole (leaf stalk).’
    • ‘The leaves of oblong woodsia are densely covered with hairs on both surfaces giving a velvety appearance to younger leaves, whilst alpine woodsia leaves only have hairs on the lower surface.’
    • ‘Oregon and Rocky Mountain woodsia hybrid are native to Minnesota.’
    • ‘Ebony spleenwort, polypody, lipferns, woodsias and grape ferns are all possibilities to plant with your forget-me-nots, small phloxes, Jacob's ladder, primroses, violets and veronicas.’
    • ‘I have some rusty woodsias and I swear they look just like another fern.’


Modern Latin, named after Joseph Woods (1776–1864), English architect and botanist.