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Re: Japanese painted lady fern

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Japanese painted lady fern
  • From: "Judith I Jones" <judith@fancyfronds.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 17:55:36 -0700

Hello John,
    If you do locate the supposed named japanese fern cultivars I would be
interested to hear if they are truly different.  The one that has been put
on the market from Thurman Maness "Wilwood Twist' is supposed to be a
niponicum 'Pictum' cross with A. otophorum.  This is highly dubious and the
plant shows no signs of a hybrid character at all-in fact it just looks like
a slightly greener normal form of 'Pictum' variation.  There seems to be
plethroa of expensive named forms that once they are dropped into a normal
spore lot don't look distinctive at all.  Producing nicely colored forms by
tissue culture is certainly a nice idea for continuity however what I have
found is that the tissue culuture crops still have some variation in them as
spore grown crops.  Tissue culture crops of Athyrium filix-femina cultivars
exhibit as much reversion and bad material as spore grown crops do.
Judith I. Jones
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Johnscott302@aol.com>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Japanese painted lady fern

> I'm looking for any info on old forms of the Japanese pointed lady fern
> Athytium niponicum.
> In particular I'm trying to local two ferns from
> Wildwood Nursery, Thurman Maness, Pittsboro, NC
> They are Athryium W 'wildwood primeval'
> and  Athryium W 'wildwood legend'
> Any other named varieties are also of interest.
> John Scott
> Rockland Botanical Garden
> Z5 PA
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