Dear Terence and Brian,
I think Neolepisorus is really no different in any significant
way from Neocheiropteris and I would rather think of that species as
Neocheiropteris ovata (though it might be worth checking it's not N.
ensata - the two are close but appear sufficiently distinct to
represent different species, I believe, wider frond in ovata).
Maybe it's because the photo is against a dark background, but
the scales at the edge appear rather numerous - is the lamina on the
underside similarly scaleless to the top surface, or is there a dense
coating of small radiate scales as in Pyrrosia lingua? I assume it is
more-or-less scaleless beneath (except scattered on the midrib) as the
lamina is more decurrent onto the stipe than in Pyrrosia.
How do you mean you have 50 kg. (!!!) of this fern? Was it
propagated on a big scale? - from spores or vegetatively? It's a very
handsome form of a rather nice species and Neocheiropteris ovatus (and
the type of the genus, N. palmatopedata) being terrestrial and both
experiencing frosts (e.g. where I have seen them wild in Nepal and
Yunnan), may well be hardy in Europe/Britain etc. as long as the place
gets sufficient rainfall in Summer that it doesn't get at all dry. It
likes perpetually damp slopes in the primary forest.
Chris Fraser-Jenkins, Kathmandu.
--- In email@example.com, "Brian Aikins" <brcazagrps@...> wrote:
> Looks like Neolepisorus ovatus (bedd.) f. varigatus Zhu. It's
described and illustrated in Ornamental Ferns Of China, a book in
Chinese. Can anyone on the list read Chinese?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: cycad_hongkong
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:02 AM
> Subject: [uk-ferns] What specie?
> Hi All,
> I am a new comer. Is there anyone who can help me to identify this
> China fern specie? Thanks in advance!
> I have 40kg of this specie, but I do not know how to cultivate it.
> Best regards,