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RE: Tree-fern query from Hawaii

There is a marvelous new book out...A Tropical Garden Flora....sort of a
sequel and expanded version of Marie Neals' In Gardens of Hawaii. 
FABulous reference.  They say "Angiopteris evecta is distributed from
Malaysia to Polynesiaand was first described from a Tahitian specimen. 
It was indroduced to Hawai'i in 1927...."


>From: "Robert Newman" <plantboy@earthlink.net>
>Reply-To: ferns@hort.net
>To: <ferns@hort.net>
>Subject: RE: [ferns] Tree-fern query from Hawaii
>Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 11:27:51 -0700
>I have a book on which herbs are used in trad. Chinese medicine and it
>the following species of Angiopteris used in China:  A. evecta, A.
>(= A. tenera, A. shanyuanensis), A. hokouensis, A. kwangsiensis, A.
>A. muralis, A. officinalis, A. omeiensis, A. petiolulata, A. robusta, A.
>sinica, A. yentangensis, and A. yunnanensis (and in that family, there's
>also Archangiopteris henryi listed).  I have a good contact in Emei and
>could probably get spores of A. omeiensis in the future, if some are
>interested.    I don't know how accurate these names and synonyms are
>whether the Chinese botanists are splitters who may be creating more
>than others agree with.
>Robert Newman, San Fernando Valley, CA
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net]On Behalf Of
>Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005
>Angiopteris evecta is also native to Africa and
Madagascar.  My  original
>plant is of Madagascar origin, by way of Jamaica (where it
has  colonized in
>the Blue Mountain region).
>Next question, how many species are there?  Answer, no
one  knows.  There
>are a few distinctive Angiopteris such as Angiopteris smithii  (a
>once-pinnate form), Angiopteris fokiensis (a species in China-Viet Nam,
>where  it is thought to be a complex with stipes that are bumpy), A.
>angustifolia, that  has narrow pinnules (and then this one also goes by
>name of A.  palmiformis).  Taxonomists put the number as few as 11
>or as many as  111 (and many of these are probably varieties of A.
>There are a few  species on our fern society website:
>Reggie  Whitehead
>South Miami, Florida
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