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My Home Nature

Some information on exotic ferns for sale from My Home Nature

Actiniopteris australis
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Adiantum caudatum
Adiantum flabellulatum
Adiantum mariesii
Adiantum philippense
Arachniodes amabilis
Arachniodes simplicior variegata
Asplenium nidus
Asplenium nidus
Asplenium nidus ‘crispy wave’
Asplenium nidus variegated
Asplenium prolongatum
Asplenium viride
Athyrium niponicum var ‘pictum’
Blechnum orientale
Bolbitis heudelotii
Colysis elliptica
Coniogramme emeiensis ‘golden zebra’
Crepidomanes minutum
Dicranopteris dichotoma
Dictyophyllum sp.
Drynaria roosii nakaike
Dryopteris erythrosora ‘brilliance autumn fern’
Humata griffithiana
Hypodematium crenatum
Lecanopteris deparioides
Lemmaphyllum microphyllum
Lemmaphyllum sp.
Lepisorus thunbergianus
Mecodium badium
Microsolium scolopendrum
Microsorum pteropus
Microsorum punctatum
Microsorum siamense
Microsorum thailandicum
Mini maidenhair spleenwort
Neocheiropteris palmatopedata
Neolepisorus fortunei
Neolepisorus ovatus
Neolepisorus ovatus sp.
Neolepisorus sp.
Neolepisorus sp.
Neolepisorus truncatus
Nephrolensis exalta ’emina’
Nephrolepis exaltata
Osmunda japonica
Parahemionitis cordata
Phlebodium aureum
Platycerium bifurcatum
Polystichum deltodon
Psilotum nudum
Pteris aspericaulis var ‘tricolor’
Pteris cretica
Pteris cretica albolineata
Pteris cretica ‘evergemiensis’
Pteris multifida
Pyrrosia sp.
Pyrrosia sp.
Quercifilix zeylanica
Selaginella erythropus
Selaginella moellendorffii
Selaginella pulvinata
Selaginella sp.
Selaginella tamariscina
Selaginella uncinata
Selaginella uncinata
Selliguea rhynchophylla
Tectaria zeilanica
Vittaria flexuosa

FERN ID COURSES

BPS has been contacted by a London company run by an ex-FSC tutor – They have a range of biological study courses which includes a fern identification course. This is a field trip but they are thinking about web based courses for the future.

If you are new to the Society and ferns, this could be a good introduction for you.  Click on the link below and have a look!

The course is taught by Dr Mark Spencer and will take place at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve in Ealing (London) on Wednesday 1st November 2023.

More info about the course can be found here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-fern-field-id-tickets-690941433427

Ctenitis subglandulosa

I thought I would show off this beautiful fern Ctenitis subglandulosa which I “found” on the allotment. I put pictures of it on “What’s that fern” and Peter Blake identified it. I think it is very slow growing and it is a big fern in Taiwan. However I have not noticed it sporing yet. When/if it does, I will send some spores to the Spore Exchange

W&SE Joint Meeting in the New Forest

This year our Botrychium monitoring was made official as a joint meeting between Wessex and South-East chapters of the BPS
We started off parking at Appleslade Bottom in Linwood (SU 18467 09231)
We walked the short distance towards Digden Bottom where we found the Botrychiums small and harder to find but in the same places as in previous years
Altogether we found 38 Botrychiums and 18 colonies of Ophioglossum azoricums
The Ophioglossums were also very small but the colonies seemed extensive and dificult to know how to count

After lunch at the Red Shoot pub we decamped towards Wilverley Plain Car Park (SU 25316 01095)
It had been a hot day but this afternoon was blistering
We walked towards Markway enclosure re-finding several large colonies of very small Ophioglossum azoricum
At Markway we refound both Botrychiums (18) and Ophioglossums (9)

All in all it seemed that the climate, having had a long cold and wet winter and then a short hot spring had not been favourable to the plants we were monitoring

Previous posts on this subject can be found here

Cyrtomium fortunei sensu lato

This is what I originally wrote for this blog:

I found several plants of a Cyrtomium which I believe is C. caryotideum
There were as many as 10 plants , some small and one quite large
They were by the side of the public footpath on a bank together with Asplenium scolopendrium and Polystichum setiferum
This path is right on the Hampshire/Sussex border in Markwells Wood, near Finchdean

Then I asked Dr Fred Rumsey for his opinion and he thought it was Cyrtomium fortunei sensu lato (see comments)
It did not look like the Cyrtomium fortunei on my allotment but it does look quite a bit like Cyrtomium fortunei ‘Clivicola’

I am still quite pleased with myself as I think this is the first time I have found an “alien” fern in the countryside
We have had a relatively hard winter and this fern seemd to be doing better than the ferns in my garden