Category Archives: What’s that Fern?

Wild-spored rockery ferns

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Dear Andrew, Alison,

Can you help me identify some young ferns that have appeared on a tufa rockery in my London garden. The tufa is in full shade, moist & moss covered.

To give you a sense of scale I’ve potted them up into 9cm pots. The largest (Fern no.4 is in a 1 litre pot. So far, it is only no. 4 that has developed indusia.

I upload images of fern 4 with this post

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