Requesting a fern id (15112021)

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Sachin Bhaskar

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Nov 15, 2021, 12:55:23 AM11/15/21
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The fern is extremely beautiful. The leaves are intricately patterned and posses dentate incisions in the margin. The frond diverges into 5/6 leafy axes. 

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Sachin Bhaskar

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Nov 15, 2021, 12:57:30 AM11/15/21
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The habit is herbaceous, the leaf appears like a simple leaf of angiosperm. It has intricate venetion. Could it be a fern first if all?


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J.M. Garg

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Nov 22, 2021, 4:04:41 AM11/22/21
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Thanks, Sachin ji

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J.M. Garg

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Nov 22, 2021, 4:05:13 AM11/22/21
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J.M. Garg

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Nov 22, 2021, 4:28:28 AM11/22/21
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Thanks a lot, Chris ji,
It is from Kerala in South India.
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov, 2021, 2:50 pm
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This is a highly immature baby sporeling of one of the many compound Pteris species.  Sporelings like this can't be identified - try to photograph an adult plant from nearby.  Observe how these little ones grow up through intermediate stages to the large adult plant and then photograph the full-sized adult..
Also you always need to say which State it is from (if in India?) and if possible approx. altitude).
Best wishes, Chris Fraser-Jenkins.

J.M. Garg

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Nov 22, 2021, 4:35:20 AM11/22/21
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Thanks a lot, Chris ji

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From: Chris Fraser-Jenkins 
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 at 15:03
Subject: Re: [efloraofindia:406664] Requesting a fern id (15112021)
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Yes, it is a fern - and is widely in cultivation and commerce world-wide.  The correct name under the International Code of Nomenclature is Mickelopteris cordata, though in previous literature it was called Hemionitis arifolia or Parahemionitis arifolia.  But the  designated lectotype of arifolia is a different genus and species altogether and this species is separate from Hemionitis.

It likes growing on mossy walls in south India and dries up completely in the dry season.  I have a big plant here in my little garden in Portugal that I bought in a Lidl supermarket, growing well in a pot  outside- though it started drying up last week when I forgot to water it, now recovered.  I hope it will get through our wet Winter.

The plant produces interesting little adventive plantlets from a bulbil in the crux of the frond at the top of the stipe, when growing well, so you get tiny plants emerging on top of the leaves - curious and interesting horticulturally.

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    Chris Fraser-Jenkins.



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J.M. Garg

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Nov 22, 2021, 4:51:26 AM11/22/21
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Thanks, Chris ji

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Well I guessed it must be from South India, but I just wanted to remind people to say where ,when sending in photos - it helps when there's a difficult photo or incomplete specimen..
Best,
Chris.



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