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Last call for Chinese fern spores

  • Subject: [ferns] Last call for Chinese fern spores
  • From: "Brian Aikins" brcazagrps@comcast.net
  • Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 22:54:40 -0700

Fern fanciers,

So far I have about 10 people on the distribution list for Chinese fern spores collected by Robert Newman. If you want to be included, please contact me at brcazagrps@comcast.net in the next day or two. I plan to start sending them out next weekend. I also have spores collected last year from some of the ferns grown from Robert's 2002 Chinese spore collection, see http://photobucket.com/albums/v353/fernpics/ .

Brian Aikins

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Newman" <plantboy@earthlink.net>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 9:09 AM
Subject: [ferns] fern spores available

Dear Fernetters-- 3/18

I recently came back from China.....I collected spores from a few ferns
between 3/11/05 and 3/31/05. Don't know how viable they are and don't know
the names of most of them. I don't have the time for doing some equitable
distribution to various folks. So I have the material, but I want to know
if anyone is interested in being the distributor for them? If so, let me
know and I can send you the spores and others can contact you for some
material. I have the following:

Unknown wild fern (Asplenium sp.???)--from She Mountain in Shanghai, growing
on grassy slope; temperatures there usually get no lower than 0-5 degrees C
during the winter.

2 Unknown cultivated ferns--from West China University of Medical Sciences
herb garden, in Chengdu, Sichuan; don't know if these are local ferns, but
I think they are.......and if they are, they're probably not too
cold-tolerant, though the possibility exists that they may have come from a
high mountain area in the province

Microsorium fortunei, cultivated--from West China University of Medical
Sciences herb garden, in Chengdu, Sichuan; I'm not sure, but I have the
feeling this is not too cold hardy either;

2 Unknown wild ferns--from the Stone Forest, in Yunnan; sorry I don't have
more info on them.....we were racing through the area when I collected these
as quickly as I could (I was leading a tour and you know how time is
crunched when you're trying to make sure you leave enough time to do the
next activity); these are definitely not hardy

Unknown wild fern (Asplenium sp.???)--collected from in front of the Golden
Temple in Kunming, Yunnan, growing in the cracks of a stone wall;
definitely not hardy

Unknown wild fern--collected from natural, grassy hillside area surrounding
the Golden Temple in Kunming, Yunnan; definitely not hardy

Onychium sp. (possibly O. japonicum), wild--collected from natural, grassy
hillside area surrounding the Golden Temple in Kunming, Yunnan; definitely
not hardy

By the way, did anyone manage to become successful with getting adult plants
from the batch of spores I had collected and donated in March, 2002?
Initially, a couple of people had kindly let me know they were getting some
germination (and Brian Aikens was super generous in sending me some cups of
planted spores! Thanks Brian!!! I did get a plant of Camptosorus sibiricus
out of it), but I never really heard anything from folks after the first few
months.....did anyone manage to identify any/many of them?

Well, that's all folks. Robert Newman, Sherman Oaks, in San Fernando
Valley, Southern Calif., USA
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