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Re: South African Marsilea

Hello Karen:

> Do you know what species?  Do you have an idea whether this is native or
> introduced?  I only ask because a friend brought me back some Java Fern
> that he collected in the Amazon a couple of years ago.  I _know_ that's not
> native.<g>

It is native alright. The rachis is about 45cm long, with the actual 
pinna being about 10 cm in diameter, sort of a brownish-redish-green. 
The pinna float on the surface of the water like Nympheae. I don't 
know the species though. We're still wading through a backlog here, 
with a couple of new species each month. Very few people are 
interested in ferns and aquatics. Pity really. I can try and find out 
if its been identified, but I doubt my ex is going to help out.



Jacques Gerber
Botany Department
Rhodes University
South Africa

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