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Re: Rumorpha

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Rumorpha
  • From: "Mary Gorton" mgorton@dca.net
  • Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 01:06:08 -0800

Tony,

Great!  Please bring the especially nice one, and any other nice ones, back!

Mary

----- Original Message -----
From: Tony Avent <tony@plantdelights.com>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Rumorpha


> Mary:
>
> We have found many different forms of Rumorpha adiantiformis here in South
> Africa.  The smallest are about 18" tall and the largest are 4-5' tall.
> We found one particularly nice form that has very thick, rubbery-like
> leaves on a high pass.  I certainly hadn't realized how variable this
> species can be.
>
> > Paul,
> >
> > This is the plant that I purchased.  I found it on ebay.  The seller
said
> > that it grew much larger than the ones she got in Florida.  Which form
> > does
> > it look like to you?
> >
> > Mary
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "ferns" <ferns@fernfactor.co.nz>
> > To: <ferns@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 2:04 PM
> > Subject: Re: [ferns] Gleichenia
> >
> >
> >> Hello
> >>
> >> We imported some spore from a South African leather fern & grew this.
> >> We then imported some stock plants from the variety that they grow as
> >> cut
> >> foliage in Florida.
> >> The Florida form was bigger & much better looking plant.
> >> It is now our 3rd year of production of the ferns & definately not 6 ft
> > but
> >> getting upto 2-3ft.
> >> Regards
> >> Paul
> >> www.fernfactor.co.nz
> >>
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Mary Gorton" <mgorton@dca.net>
> >> To: <ferns@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 1:01 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [ferns] Gleichenia
> >>
> >>
> >> > Tony,
> >> >
> >> > I hear there is a fern in South Africa called Rumohra adiantiformis
> >> > (Leatherleaf fern) South African form which is just like the standard
> >> > leatherleaf but is HUGE.  I am told the fronds grow 6 ft tall.  Have
> >> you
> >> > seen it?
> >> >
> >> > Mary Gorton
> >> > Delaware
> >> >
> >> > ----- Original Message -----
> >> > From: "Tony Avent" <tony@plantdelights.com>
> >> > To: <ferns@hort.net>
> >> > Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 12:39 PM
> >> > Subject: Re: [ferns] Gleichenia
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > > Tom:
> >> > >
> >> > > Greetings from South Africa.  The ferns here are simply amazing
> >> including
> >> > > several species also native in the US including Adiantum c-v.  We
> >> have
> >> > > found Gleichenia in several locations, but the highest so far is
> >> just
> >> over
> >> > > 3,000' elevation.  This should be a Zone 8 climate, although many
> > ferns
> >> > > tend to tolerate more cold than their climate would indicate. Very
> >> little
> >> > > of it is in spore, but with some luck, we will have an answer to
> >> your
> >> > > question soon.  It is one of the only ferns that I've seen with a
> >> > > silvery-white spore.
> >> > >
> >> > > > Does anyone have experience with growing the forking ferns from
> > spore?
> >> > > >
> >> > > > The "Fern Grower's Manual" has an entry on the family
> >> Gleicheniaceae
> >> > > > calling it
> >> > > > difficult, slow. The smaller Gleichenia are said to be cultivated
> >> in
> >> New
> >> > > > Zealand and Australia.
> >> > > >
> >> > > > In habitat Gleichenia umbraculifera does not look difficult at
> >> all.
> > It
> >> > > > grows
> >> > > > streamside or in damp meadows, competing easily with the grasses,
> >> at
> >> > > > moderate
> >> > > > elevations, 1000-2000 m, in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, in
> >> neighboring
> >> > > > provinces, and in Zimbabwe. It is one of the smaller members of
> >> the
> >> > genus,
> >> > > > topping out at 50-60 cm. The habitat at the higher end of its
> >> > elevational
> >> > > > range
> >> > > > is probably Zone 8.
> >> > > >
> >> > > > I ask because the spore is greenish-yellow and green spore are
> >> commonly
> >> > > > said to
> >> > > > have short viability. Perhaps more pertinent than color, the
> >> family
> > is
> >> > > > considered relatively primitive based upon the sporangial
> >> structure;
> >> > some
> >> > > > primitive ferns, such as Osmunda, have short life. Has anyone
> >> grown
> >> > > > Gleichenia
> >> > > > from stored spore?
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Tom Stuart, New York
> >> > > >
> >> > >
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> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > > Tony Avent
> >> > > USDA Zone 7b, (0-10F winter, 90-100F Summer)
> >> > > Plant Delights Nursery
> >> > > 9241 Sauls Road
> >> > > Raleigh, NC  27603, USA
> >> > > ph 919.772.4794
> >> > > fx 919.772.4752
> >> > >
> >> > > "I consider every plant hardy until I've killed it myself...at
least
> >> three
> >> > > times."  - Avent
> >> > >
> >> >
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>
> Tony Avent
> USDA Zone 7b, (0-10F winter, 90-100F Summer)
> Plant Delights Nursery
> 9241 Sauls Road
> Raleigh, NC  27603, USA
> ph 919.772.4794
> fx 919.772.4752
>
> "I consider every plant hardy until I've killed it myself...at least three
> times."  - Avent
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