Spring Indoor Meeting and AGM 13th April 2019

Our meeting at Harlow Carr was very well attended. The tree ferns in the corner of the room made us feel at home! Thank you to all the speakers who made the day a success – some of them having travelled a long way to be there. Thanks also to Frank Katzer and Sean Barton for the booksales, to Brian and Sue Dockerill for looking after plant sales, and to all those who brought plants, and a big thank you to Michael Hayward who stepped in at the last minute to provide merchandise when Gill and Bryan were unable to attend.
We have some changes of officers – I feel honoured to have been elected President, and will do my best to live up to the challenge. Ann Robbins is taking over as Membership Secretary. Sophie Walwin is taking up the post of Publicity and Communications Officer. Sadly, Ann Haskins is stepping down as Committee Secretary – thank you Ann for all your hard work. We are looking to recruit a new secretary to take minutes – please contact our General Secretary, David Hill, on secretary@ebps.org.uk if you think you could help.

March at Harlow Carr

Recently at Harlow Carr we are beginning the process of turning a small area of the garden into an Exotic garden, which is located in a sheltered area surrounded by hedges. We are hoping to grow exotic flowers and foliage like plants in here, and in addition Tree Ferns!! We were able to acquire some sustainably sourced, with proper certification attached, Dicksonia antarcticas at a very large size. So it’s been very exciting to watch they’re progress, from they’re arrival when they were dormant and to putting on new growth. They then outgrew their space quickly when their fronds began to emerge and thus moved to our indoor Learning Center with Higher ceilings than our glasshouse! Our hope is to plant them in the garden and cover them up for winter weather and also hope to experiment with growing epiphytes on their trunks! We are very excited about this project ahead!

A Lycopodium species from Sri Lanka

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As indicated in my previous mailing I have been a member of BPS for many years. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka where I was very impressed by the great diversity of ferns and related  species. Although there is a checklist available on line I have no literature on the fern flora. I have managed to identify a few species but have others for which I would be very grateful for help in identification if at all possible. This Lycopodium species, with pendulous habit, trailing down a bank, was photographed in the Sinharaja Reserve, Sri Lanka on 25th February 2019. I would be very grateful if anyone might possibly be able to suggest a species identification

Many thanks

Alan Outen

A very large Asplenium from Sri Lanka

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I have been a member of BPS for many years. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka where I was very impressed by the great diversity of ferns and related  species. Although there is a checklist available on line I have no literature on the fern flora. I have managed to identify a few species but have others for which I would be very grateful for help in identification if at all possible. This Asplenium species was photographed at Ritigala Nature Reserve, Sri Lanka on 2 March 2019. It reminds me of A.nidus-avis, but with fronds up to 2 metres long it is much larger than I have ever seen that species in cultivation. I would be very grateful if anyone could advise whether it is just that species or perhaps a related one.

Many thanks

Alan Outen

A fern species from Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

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I thnk my previous attempt at this posting failed.  I have been a member of BPS for many years. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka where I was very impressed by the great diversity of ferns and related species. Although there is a checklist available on line I have no literature on the fern flora. I have managed to identify a few species but have others for which I would be very grateful for help in identification if at all possible. This species was photographed in the Sinharaja Reserve, Sri Lanka on 25th February 2019. Many thanks Alan Outen

Another fern species from Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

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As indicated in my previous mailing I have been a member of BPS for many years. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka where I was very impressed by the great diversity of ferns and related  species. Although there is a checklist available on line I have no literature on the fern flora. I have managed to identify a few species but have others for which I would be very grateful for help in identification if at all possible. This species was photographed in the Sinharaja Reserve, Sri Lanka on 25th February 2019.

Many thanks

Alan Outen