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Re: Sadleria cyatheoides

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Sadleria cyatheoides
  • From: "Dean Ouer" d.ouer@cox.net
  • Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 20:48:39 -0800

When these plants collected at higher elevations are brought back down
closer to sea level, does the red coloration in the new growth persist?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Betsy Feuerstein" <ecuador@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Sadleria cyatheoides

> Dean, there is one more option you are not considering. Having done a
great deal
> of collecting of aroids in the Andes, I can tell you often the higher
> anthuriums come out with new foliage that is red. You might consider the
> violet rays being stronger at higher altitude. Can't tell you this for a
fact, but
> it is not only the ferns that do this and not only in Hawaii. It is also
true of
> the ferns in the Andes............ just another option to think about.
> Betsy
> Dean Ouer wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > On a recent trip to Hawaii (Kona) I noticed large amounts of Sadleria
> > cyathiodes everywhere beginning abruptly at approx. 2200 feet elevation.
> > had green emerging fronds. Then at around 3000 feet and higher they all
> > abruptly (so abruptly it hardly seemed possible) changed to identical
> > plants but all having red emerging fronds. Does anyone know for sure
what is
> > going on? If its the cooler weather, then my S. cyatheoides here in
> > San Diego should be red since its similar weather to 4000 feet there. If
> > the added rainfall at the higher elevation, same thing since I water a
> > here. I know there may be a lot of different theories but does anyone
know for
> > sure? I ordered Daniel Palmer's "Hawai'i's Ferns" and it doesn't say
> > about the red fronds. Could it really be a different variant or species?
> > anyone seen a red frond S. cyatheiodes at lower elevations in Hawaii.
> > Thanks,
> > Dean Ouer
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