73 and still gardening

Crocodyllus and other ferns

Me at Hermie's private garden

From my trip to Hermie’s private garden in Segapod, Lanao del Norte, I brought home some addition to my fern collection.

'Crocodyllus' fern

One of the interesting ferns I’ve got is the ‘Crocodyllus’( Microsorum musifolium). Its leaves look like the hide of a crocodile, thus, earning the title as the ‘Crocodile Fern’. This fern thrives well in areas where there is bright indirect sunlight and shaded places.

Philippine Java Fern

I’ve also got a cultivar of the Philippine Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus). The one in the photo above is recently re-potted in a shell. This aquatic fern is endemic here in the Philippines and is usually used as ornamental plants in large aquariums. I’ve learned that this hardy plant easy to care for since it thrives well both on land and water.

'Osaka' Fern

The ‘Osaka Fern’ (Asplenium antiquum) is perhaps the most expensive fern I’ve ever have. The ‘Osaka’ has  similar glossy leaves to that of the regular Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)  except that this Japanese plant has undulated leaves–wavy edges that is. I’ve put this one in a shady area near my gate.

'Silver Queen'

The variegated leaves of Pteris ensifomis cv. Evergemiensis certainly add a dainty charm to my fern group. It is also known as the ‘Silver Lace Fern’ because of the silvery lace-like bands running at the center of the narrow  green leaves.This one is also at the shaded area near the house gate.

'Zipper' Fern

I first saw this ‘Zipper Fern’ (Asplenium nidus cv. ‘Plicatum’) at Mrs. Lopez’s garden in Camp Philipps, Bukidnon. This variety is referred to as ‘Plicatum’  because its leaves have folds or ‘plaits’ and it earned the name ‘Zipper because the folds are close to each other.  It looks similar to the ‘Lasagna fern’ too and has needs like the regular Bird’s Nest Fern.

India Feather

This fern is known as the ‘India Feather’ due to its feathery-looking dark green leaves; the edge of the leaves has a series of curves. It is a hybrid of Bolbitis x sinousa. I still don’t know how this plant tick or fit in my fern group.

'Silver Split'

This is my young mutant Asplenium nidus. Presently, this Bird’s Nest fern has a single forked leaf. It’s probably called ‘Silver Split’ due to the grayish green color, the scattered dark green mottling throughout the leaves, and the forked tip of the leaves especially when the fern is fully grown.


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