This plant arrived today, my third Blechnum. Now I have the problem of what to call it. It was sold as Blechnum chilense which is the name used by Horticulturists but the name used by the Botanists is Blechnum cordatum.
BLOGS, TIM PYNER
Part of the confusion results from the ambiguous collection details recorded on the type specimen of Lomaria cordata (= B. cordatum). This specimen resembles the plants cultivated as Blechnum chilense. The type locality is given as Perou-Concepcion. However the collector, Joseph Dombey, did not visit this area but did travel from Peru to Concepcion in Chile where he apparently collected the type specimen.
As the type of Lomaria cordata (published 1811) was collected in Chile, where it is the only member of the complex, the correct name under the rules of priority is Blechnum cordatum. The basionym of B. chilense, Lomaria chilensis, was not published until 1824.
I think I'll join the rebels and keep it as Blechnum chilense
Common names:- Chilean hard fern, Seersucker Fern, Costilla de vaca ( Cow's Rib? ).
This plant promptly "died" on receipt so it was sitting in the greenhouse all winter until last week when I put the pot out on my perch in the Fernery. Today I was very pleased to see the emerging fronds.
Now all I have to do is see just how big I can grow them. A 'normal' size in cultivation would be around 2ft (60cm) but it is reported that in ideal conditions (not easy to achieve) the fronds can extend to 5ft (1.5m).
Well it looks like I had a terrific growing season with this one last year . The old fronds all died off as expected and as it was such a mild winter I left it outside in it's super long tom.
Nothing was happening and I suspected that even our mild winter was too cold for it but finally it's thrown up a crosier (crozier). I tipped it out to add more compost to the base and get the surfaces levelled better and found that there's secondary growth down the side of the pot attempting to throw up growth. The very pale shoot at the top of the photo is a crosier I dug out from the side. We'll see how it goes from here. It's certainly not the most vigorous of plants.
dvg: Nuances are lost on the uninitiated...
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fredg: The ones that could see me emigrated. The house is still empty for some reason
Sept 18, 2021 19:06:46 GMT
stevebooth: I trust the ceremony was more successful where you are, out of the 30-40mm of rain the infallible Beeb promised, with possible dangerous levels of flood wate, I’ve had 3mm. A decent amount for a woodlice bath, but not enough to water much.
Sept 19, 2021 9:02:50 GMT
fredg: It's looking promising Steve
Sept 19, 2021 9:54:23 GMT
fredg: What we really need is an all-nighter though
Sept 19, 2021 9:55:16 GMT
stevebooth: Too true the bogs are at the lowest level for the entire year, I don’t really want to get the RO out.
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:04 GMT
stevebooth: The suns out here now and blue skies on the horizon
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:46 GMT