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RE: Polypodium fallax

Hi Guys

The Fern Society of South Australia website
the background is as follows with additions.

Betty's Polypodium from South America - Polypodium attenuata

Originally found in South America by a now unknown member of the American
Fern Society in the late 80s. He collected spore and sent to a collector in
South Africa, Jimmy punter, who then sent some to our member in Adelaide,
Betty Weaver.

Betty Weaver grew it successfully and the spore was supplied for others
around the world. 

After a while Betty was informed it was P. falax, so that name stuck for a
few years.  I tried to ID P. falax, but I now believe that P. falax is a
simple small pinnuled creeping epiphyte fern.

In 1999 the fern was available in supermarkets in Sao Paula in Brazil.

As it appeared to be un-named, a botanist in Florida named it P. attenuata. 

More about our sites.
Should you look at the above website it is in the process of modernization?
My own website "Keith's Fern Page' is temp non-existent after 12 years, as
the server merged and is trying to get his money back quickly! so I need to
reduce its size and upload it to another server. Unfortunately only able to
do comp work for a couple of hours a day these days. 

Keith Rogers
Mannum South Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] On Behalf Of Kent
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:24 PM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: RE: [ferns] Polypodium fallax

Polypodium attenuatum Falax.  I am not sure whether Falax refers to the
cresting or how much snails love it.

Kent Kratz
Casa Flora

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:44 AM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: [ferns] Polypodium fallax

Hi Fernatics,

I obtained a fern called "Polypodium fallax", which the previous owner
grew from spores. On the Net, I found photographs, corresponding with my
plant. However, I cannot find this name in my fern books. Is this a
sales name, or the true botanical name? Are there other synonyms for
this fern? The grower said that some of his sporelings did not have the
crested appearance. Did they go back to the original form of the plant
and what would the name of the 'uncrested' form be?

Frondly regards


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