A frond is a type of leaf that is divided into leaflets and is found on fern plants. The coiled tip of the frond is called the fiddlehead and the frond grows as the fiddlehead unfurls.
Ferns are a type of seedless vascular plants and are in the phylum pterophytes. According to researchers, seedless vascular plants originated about 420 million years ago. Different from nonvascular plants, vascular plants could stand upright on land because of their lignin-hardened vascular tissues. The fronds of ferns grow from the rigid stems that develop on the ground. Some ferns that grow in the tropics can become multiple meters tall.