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Re: New fern, a Nephrolepis

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] New fern, a Nephrolepis
  • From: "Larry Shone" greenlarry@ntlworld.com
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 18:54:19 +0100

Thanks Tom, that pic you posted looks very similar to mine!
Will I get actual spores like on my other dryopterid fern(which are now
black) ?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Stuart" <tstuart@westnet.com>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 7:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ferns] New fern, a Nephrolepis

> Larry, Nephrolepis exaltata will give any species a run for the money in
> number of cultivars in commerce. It is a popular fern, not least because
of its
> tolerance of neglect. It will do well in low light levels, and can survive
> forgetfulness in watering quite well. From a cultivation viewpoint, the
> downside of Boston Ferns is the difficulty of removing dying fronds from
> ever-enlarging tumble of rhizomes.
> The wild form is said (Hoshizaki and Moran, Fern Grower's Manual, where
> is a lot more) to be stiff and rank. It has an unusual disjunction, native
> the West Indies and Pacific Islands.
> The only other Nephrolepis found for 2.99 would be cordifolia, difficult
> distinguish from exaltata when young, but having narrower, sword-like,
> erect fronds in maturity. To add to the confusion, N. cordifolia is often
> mislabeled exaltata.
> The runners of N. exaltata will root and form new plants. Many forms of
> exaltata are sterile, their sori never developing fully. On your second
> the sori can be seen near the margin in outline; they may or may not
> further.
> A characteristic of the genus, so far as I know, found no where else, is
> failure of frond tips to completely unfurl. When you see this you can
> this genus at ten paces. I cannot make this out in your first photo, but
> is a photo from a Danish nursery of the cultivar 'Nevada', illustrating
> failure:
> http://uldahl.dk/NevadaYoungPlant.htm
> Tom Stuart
> > I bought this yesterday for 2.99. It has these long runners coming out f
> > but where do the sori form?
> >
> > http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Dawnrider/nephrolepis_jun05.jpg
> >
> > http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Dawnrider/DSCF0164.jpg
> >
> > http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Dawnrider/DSCF0165.jpg
> >
> > Cheers
> > Larry
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