Shoestring fern(Vittaria lineata) has abundant root hairs that trap water and debris that feed the plant. It provides a habitat for tiny animals, like insects. It has also been used to treat chronic sickness, and in a steam bath, to treat depression.
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The oldest fern fossil records date back almost 400 million years ago, making them one of the oldest groups of plants on Earth. Discover more about the biology and diversity of ferns through the American Fern Society.