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#1 manders

 
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 21:21 PM

Can anyone help i'd this fern, its been growing in my terrarium, must have hitchhiked as a spore from maybe thailand.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 21:50 PM

I think it's a species of Microsorum, but I can't say which one.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 23:20 PM

I have the same one, I thought it was Polypodium aureum

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:42 AM

It looks pretty nice! Very exotic. :Laie_98: I wish my hitchikers were something else than Drosera capensis or Utricularia subulata.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:14 AM

I think you're right, I initially discounted it because all the Phlebodium (where P. aureum is now placed) I've seen have had greyish green leaf blades. (It might be a different Phlebodium though, best to check all of the similar-looking species to get a correct ID.)

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

Thanks guys, guess thats close enough, distinguishing different species is going to be beyond me.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 13:27 PM

Hi Manders

Phlebodium aureum it is, and a nasty, invasive weed it is too! The frond in your first picture is a fertile, spore-producing frond, and one I would remove, unless you want it sprouting ALL over your plants. It will eventually get huge and multiply very rapidly. Having a plant of this in my greenhouse a few years ago was the worst mistake I ever made.


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:17 PM

Hi Manders

Phlebodium aureum it is, and a nasty, invasive weed it is too! The frond in your first picture is a fertile, spore-producing frond, and one I would remove, unless you want it sprouting ALL over your plants. It will eventually get huge and multiply very rapidly. Having a plant of this in my greenhouse a few years ago was the worst mistake I ever made.


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Thanks for the warning Andy! Bit of a dilemma now because i quite like this fern, anyway its in a terrarium so ill risk it for a while and see how it goes...