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Adopt-a-plant (Platycerium grande) – fertilization February 17, 2006

Posted by flutterby in Plant Bio, Species.
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Platycerium grande has 2 spore patches on the underside of EACH fertile frond. One set of fertile fronds is produced each year between mid-summer and late fall. The spore patches are not developed at this time, but will develop mid- to late-winter; they will actually turn brown and rippen in late summer. These fronds will now die as the new fertile fronds are developing. On the spore patches are the actual spores, which resemble dust. These are capable of floating to a new site to be germinated.

PlatyPhilippineGrandeSporePatch.jpg

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