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RE: "Where the Red Fern Grows"

  • Subject: RE: [ferns] "Where the Red Fern Grows"
  • From: bkhamilton bkhamilton@earthlink.net
  • Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 07:43:17 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

I grew up in Oklahoma, was interestd in ferns, and never heard of red ones.  I wonder if "red" fern refers to the color of the fronds after they have gone dormant, rather than when they are active.

South Bend In

-----Original Message-----
From: "Winter, Wim de" <Wim.dewinter@wur.nl>
Sent: Nov 7, 2005 4:12 AM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: RE: [ferns] "Where the Red Fern Grows"

Hi Brian,

I found a lot of fiery red clubmosses last month... The red ferns though, have been discussed previously, more than once if I remember well, without finding a conclusive answer. You might find it all back in the archives of fernnet on hort.net.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net]On Behalf Of
Brian Swale
Sent: Mon, November 07, 2005 05:22 
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: [ferns] "Where the Red Fern Grows"

Hello all,

Here's an example of one of many fern-related queries I get. But this one 
could take quite some research for me to solve, whereas those of you who 
live in the NE USA or nearby may know what the correct answer is, or if 
there is no correct answer.  Comments - solutions to problem will be much 

Here's the short exchange of e-mails;

> Hi there,
> From where may I obtain red ferns as in the book by Rawls, Where the Red Fern
> Grows?  I live in Ontario. 
> Hello Veronica, 
> I've never had the experience of reading that book, although I am aware that it 
> exists. I live in Christchurch (city), New Zealand. !! 
>Can you please provide me with a few clues as to the identity of the fern? 
> Hi Brian, I never would have guessed your location.  Apparently, the red 
> fern is
> found in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma and the fronds are actually red.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks in advance
Brian Swale
Brian Swale                     e-mail      bj@caverock.net.nz
140 Panorama Road
Christchurch 8008
New Zealand

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