A ferny greetings card from the Lake District

Following a BPS meeting in the Lake District, Fred Jackson of Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, made this Christmas card, for Percy Greenfield, dated 23/12/1951. It is now in the BPS Archive. The fronds in the middle are of Asplenium x alternifolium, the hybrid between forked spleenwort, A. septentrionale, and Asplenium trichomanes subsp. trichomanes. Asplenium x alternifolium was first found in Britain in Borrowdale, by Joseph Flintoft and independently by a Miss Maria Wright. Here is a photograph from the Archive of a plant of it growing in Borrowdale. It is extremely rare in Britain, and certainly not a plant we would use for a greetings card now. Times have changed!

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