Re: Polystichum ? (polyblepharum) 'n second look / extra information
- Thanks for you respons so far, Chris, Howard, John.
For a further identifaction i placed in the album 'Polystichum' extra photos. One photo shows the fern on the location where it was found: notice the brightly glossy/shiny upper side of the leaves (in dry condition it gets dull). The scales (see photo!!) are dark 'chestnut' brown.
I hope this extra information will give a new clue.
Best regards, Ton Denters
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "chrisophilus" <chrisophilus@...> wrote:
> Dear Ton and all,
> I would very much like to know what the stipe-base scales are like - whether or not they have glossy black areas in the large scales? This is because if so, this plant is probably P. piceopaleaceum Tagawa. It has the same segment-shape and darker scales of that species.
> It is a common species in the Himalaya, where it used to be known by mistake as P. nigropaleaceum. I revised it and its close relative P. yunnanense Christ and have introduced it into cultivation in the UK via Martin Rickard.
> It is the same section as P. setiferum and P. makinoi (and polyblepharum), but this photo is neither P. makinoi - rachis too densely scaly and segment-shape not quite right - nor P. polyblepharum, rachis scales too wide and not fibrillose enough. There are several other close relatives of these species in Japan, Taiwan, China etc.
> Are they blackish? - if so I think it is piceopaleaceum, now quite commonly grown.
> Chris F.-J., Kathmandu.
> --- In email@example.com, "howardfernlover" <howard.fernman@> wrote:
> > Hello Ton,
> > I am no expert on Polystichum, but one thing I know about P. polyblepharum is that the upper side of the frond is very glossy. As all of your photos show the underside, can you confirm if it was glossy?
> > Last year I saw self sown sporelings of this species in a garden in Suffolk in East England, but your find is clearly an older plant. This is possible, as this Japanese species has been widely available commercially in Britain since the late 1980s and presumably a similar length of time in The Netherlands, so one could have grown to maturity in that time.
> > Howard.