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Request from Sri Lanka for fern papers & books

  • Subject: [ferns] Request from Sri Lanka for fern papers & books
  • From: "Brian Swale" <bj@caverock.net.nz>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 13:27:32 +1300

Hello all

Below is a copy of a letter I had a few days ago.

From my very limited experience of life in the Indian sub-continent and 
including Ceylon, it would not surprise me at all if the library and reference 
material available to students is as meagre as this person indicates.

So I post this letter for you all to see in the hope that perhaps some of you 
may have access to material that would help this person and that you can 
find the time to assist them.


Brian Swale

Date sent:      	Tue, 30 Nov 2004 06:28:01 +0000 (GMT)
From:           	ranil rajapaksha <ranil9899@yahoo.co.in>
Subject:        	From Sri Lanka
To:             	bj@caverock.net.nz

Mr. Brian Swale

Sir, I saw about you and your kind service through
internet. Therefore I thought to write to you
I am student at Post Graduate Institute of
Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Since my child hood I am very interesting to ferns and
fern allies. So still I am involving in some study
with respect to Pteridophytic diversity in Sri Lanka.
But unfortunately we do not have literature about Sri
Lankan Ferns. You will be surprised we still depend on
hand book of Bedome (1886) a few Reports on Prof
Sledge. Those two European scientists had been carried
out study on Pteridophytic diversity in Sri Lanka.
After that no any person has been done any systematic
study on Ceylon ferns until today. So still we can not
say exact number of our ferns and fern allies.  

Therefore I want to be an expert in ferns of Sri Lanka
and do something useful to my country. Already I have
been found three species from Sri Lanka after 53 years
of its final collection namely Ctenopteris
blechnoides, Asplenium deorum and suspected hybrid
Cyathea sinuate *  Cyathea hookeri. Of which Asplenium
decorum had been recorded only 2 times over the past
110 years period of Sri Lanka and That suspected
hybrid had been recorded by Prof Sledge from Sri Lanka
in 1951. It is also single and immature plant. It was
the first and last record from world. (Both parents
are endemic to Sri Lanka). I recorded that hybrid from
Sri Lanka 54 years after it first and last collection
from world. Now I am going to do population biology of
that hybrid and parents, University Of Peradeniya and
Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka give
their best support to my captivities. 

So sir, I gave a long account about me to show my
interest about ferns and fern allies. We are facing
serious problem on lack of information. We have only a
check list about Sri Lankan ferns. No any guide book
of illustrations on ferns. Sir, if you have any excess
reading materials (any where of the ferns) please send
to me. I do not have money to buy that material from
any other country. Because, I am coming from very poor
family. To find money for my Mphill my mother sold her
jewelries also.

I asked reading material from many Indian botanist But
they did not reply to me at least email. (Because,
most of our ferns species are very similar to Indian
species and they have been done many studies on ferns)

So, sir if you have any materials with respect to
ferns in world, please sent to me. I think you will be
paid your special attention on my request. If you need
I will send all documents to show my identity through
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 
Thank you very much 
Yours truly 

Post graduate Institute of Agriculture 
University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka.

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