Pilularia globulifera, or pillwort, is an unusual species of fern native to western Europe,where it grows at edges of lakes, ponds, ditches and marshes, on wet clay or clay-sand soil, sometimes in water up to 30 cm (12 in) deep. It has a pea-shaped 4-chambered sporocarp, each chamber with sorus bearing both macrosporangia and microsporangia.
Some of the plants growing in association with this species in the UK include water celery (Apium inundatum), marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle vulgaris) and lesser spearwort (Ranunculus flammula).
This is an internationally threatened species included in the European Red Data Book. It is listed on Schedule 8 of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, but it has not been seen since 1970 and may now be extinct in the province. It is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in the rest of the UK, where it is now classified as Vulnerable.
Pillwort can be grown in a "bog garden" or as a marginal aquatic in a garden pond.
Looking very healthy in Sphagnum, it got so healthy in that Sphagnum I had to give it a tray of its own
That little fern started to run amok in the sphagnum suddenly new fronds were appearing 4" (10cm) away from the main body Something unidentified started to crop it too so I removed it to its own half tray of sphagnum ( as reported above). I replanted the original two quarter trays into sphagnum but they're not racing away like this one. I think the cropping has stopped so we'll see what it gets up to next.
What it got up to next was romping away in its own tray of sphagnum. The two original portions are growing well but not like this little ( little no more) portion. The cropping indeed did cease and recovery has been good. Here's a small portion of the little fellow
I am now of the opinion that to get the plant really moving it's best just to break off a few fronds and plant them rather than trying to plant up a sizable portion.
Well Fred it certainly seems to be multiplying at a rate of knots which is good to see. The plants I obtained spurred on by your post, have also not only established themselves in all varieties of medium and location, from pond marginal outside to pure sphagnum in a greenhouse, but also escaped into their immediate surroundings using the overgrowing sphagnum as a conduit. I will put some in the bogs to see how they fare, probably in spring. For a threatened species it seems to me that if you give it half a chance it not only survives but flourishes.
I believe this is the inflorescence of a Piularia globulifera, currently growing in the recently created 'wet' hanging basket, which is still turning out better than I expected. Apologies for the picture it's the best I could do with one good hand and an I pad.
Thanks for the clarification Fred, I suspect what I have is a rush of some sort, perhaps a small bulbous rush, Juncus bulbosus, that has infiltrated via the sphagmum or peat, growing well hidden by the surrounding pillwort. I don't have it growing anywhere else, from whence the various materials for the basket came from... as yet. Cheers Steve
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