desert fern, really a fern?

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desert fern, really a fern?

Post by Lobo Carras » Tue, 14 Aug 2001 20:08:39



Hi all

I would like to know if the desert fern is really a fern, or just
looks like one. If not, is it possible to find a fern that can survive
desert like conditions?

thanks a lot
Antonio

 
 
 

desert fern, really a fern?

Post by Cereoid » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 03:52:45


To which desert fern do you allude?

There are several species of true ferns found in desert regions. Many of
them are resurrection type plants that shrivel up during dry periods and
plump up with the seasonal rains.

There are also species of  the fern ally genus Selaginella found in desert
regions that are also resurrection type plants.

I have yet to see an authentic example of a truly drought resistant
succulent xerophytic fern.


Quote:
> Hi all

> I would like to know if the desert fern is really a fern, or just
> looks like one. If not, is it possible to find a fern that can survive
> desert like conditions?

> thanks a lot
> Antonio

 
 
 

desert fern, really a fern?

Post by Cereoid » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 04:55:33


Although there are several true ferns found in the desert, one plant
commonly called "Desert Fern" is Lysiloma microphyllum (Britton & Rose)
Isely, an arborescent flowering plant in the Bean family and not a fern at
all.
Is this the plant to which you refer, Antonio?

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Lysiloma_thornberi.html


Quote:
> Hi all

> I would like to know if the desert fern is really a fern, or just
> looks like one. If not, is it possible to find a fern that can survive
> desert like conditions?

> thanks a lot
> Antonio

 
 
 

desert fern, really a fern?

Post by Lobo Carras » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 17:32:19


Hey, thanks a lot for the replies. Yes inded that was the plant I was
talking about, I though it wouldn't be a real fern because it has
flowers. My question now is whats the difference between a fern and a
fern ally?

thanks
Antonio

Quote:

> Although there are several true ferns found in the desert, one plant
> commonly called "Desert Fern" is Lysiloma microphyllum (Britton & Rose)
> Isely, an arborescent flowering plant in the Bean family and not a fern at
> all.
> Is this the plant to which you refer, Antonio?

> http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Lysiloma_thornberi.html



> > Hi all

> > I would like to know if the desert fern is really a fern, or just
> > looks like one. If not, is it possible to find a fern that can survive
> > desert like conditions?

> > thanks a lot
> > Antonio

 
 
 

desert fern, really a fern?

Post by Cereoid » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 20:49:19


That's the problem with common names. Its best to use the proper scientific
names when referring to plants because they are not ambiguous or misleading.

Fern allies are fern relatives not in division Pterophyta. That is, they
lack prominent true leaves. Fern allies include the genera Equisetum,
Lycopodium, Selaginella and Isoetes.


Quote:
> Hey, thanks a lot for the replies. Yes inded that was the plant I was
> talking about, I though it wouldn't be a real fern because it has
> flowers. My question now is whats the difference between a fern and a
> fern ally?

> thanks
> Antonio




Quote:
> > Although there are several true ferns found in the desert, one plant
> > commonly called "Desert Fern" is Lysiloma microphyllum (Britton & Rose)
> > Isely, an arborescent flowering plant in the Bean family and not a fern
at
> > all.
> > Is this the plant to which you refer, Antonio?

> > http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Lysiloma_thornberi.html



> > > Hi all

> > > I would like to know if the desert fern is really a fern, or just
> > > looks like one. If not, is it possible to find a fern that can survive
> > > desert like conditions?

> > > thanks a lot
> > > Antonio