I have had this fern for many years growing on my allotment and I have no idea where I got it and what it was. If you gave it to me, please email me and let me know! It has a relatively fast growing horizontal rhizome and the fronds are around 90 cms tall
I sent these pictures to Christopher Fraser-Jenkins and this is what he wrote
That’s another old Himalayan friend of mine, Dryopteris ramosa – an interesting and rare case of a West Himalayan endemic. As far as I could guess its nearest relative is the Japanese endemic D. shiroumensis. Nothing in the east Himalaya or China like it!
Hello I was wondering if you could help I would really like to know what this little fern is. Last year I litter picked a beer bottle from the moat around a medieval manor site next to where I live. I was about to put the bottle in the recycling when I spotted there was something growing in it. At first I thought it was just moss but when I managed to get it out there was a tiny fern too. It survived the removal from the bottle but has remained very small. The longest fond is about 2cm, so it has been quite difficult to photograph. I have looked at the back of the leaves but can’t see any markings and I am sorry the back of the leaf photos aren’t very good.
Ashley & Jo Basil, Jurgie Schedler, Steve Munyard and myself, went back to check out the Botrychiums at Appleslade Bottom
We had a look in May but the plants seemed very small
Here are some of the larger, more handsome examples of Botrychium lunaria
We found 28 Botrychium lunaria plants in about 8 patches and around 5 patches of Ophioglossums containg too many plants to count
At this time of year the Ophioglossums look like Ophioglossum azoricum so I am totally confused as to what exact species they are, unless both Ophioglossum vulgatum and Ophioglossum azoricum are here and the Ophioglossum azoricum come up a bit later
These plants grow in a field which also has bracken. The bracken is now about 12 inches high but the fronds have not fully unfolded. However they make finding the little plants more dificult. This might explain why we found less Botrychiums than in May
I have two self-sown Cyrtomium fortunei, 4-5 years old that appeared on my tufa rockery. Since being relocated 2 years ago to an established shady raised bed that is filled with enriched (multi-purpose compost) London soil they have produced sparsely bladed fronds with contorted pinnae.
Is this disease or am I growing up a rather ugly cultivar?
If disease, can it be treated, or would euthanasia be a better solution? If it’s a cultivar, does it have a name?