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Re: Request for ID help

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Request for ID help
  • From: "Brian Aikins" brcazagrps@comcast.net
  • Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 01:22:25 -0800

Hello Brian,

Your fern appears to be Microgramma squamulosum. I sent the link to a friend in Porto-Alegre, Brazil, and he examined the plant while viewing your web page. Every characteristic matched, including the tiny scales on the ventral midrib. The only other Microgramma in his area is M. vacciniifolia, which is much smaller and very different.

-Brian Aikins

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Swale" <bj@caverock.net.nz>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 3:08 AM
Subject: [ferns] Request for ID help

Hello all,

I have had a request from an artist (I think from E USA) to identify a fern she
has used as the basis of paintings.

Now that she has got some way along with the project, she feels that the
title "Fern" seems somewhat inadequate, and wants to know the botanical

I'm not at all sure although since I have now seen some images from the
grower I have been able to make a better guess as to what it is, and suggest
Microgramma heterophylla. This is a rare fern of two counties in Florida.

I have put pictures up at


If you would care to visit there and pass me your opinion, I will be very


Brian Swale

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