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Platycerium Charles Alford

 
Mr Charles Alford was propagating some P. wandae spore and to his surprise something new popped up.  Initially it was thought to be a sport of P. wandae.  Meaning it was a little different from the standard P. wandae.  But after several decades of establishing the P. charles alford, he has concluded it is a hybrid cross of P. wandae and P. ridleyi.  This happens when the prothalia of each species get commingled and a new hybrid is born.  New hybrids are quite rare; most new variations are considered sports of the mother plant.  Only after many decades of established growth, with new platys established with the same chrematistics, can we feel comfortable that its a hybrid and not a sport.
 

 

The photo on the left is aparently an older established P. charles alford with shield fronds like a P. wandae.  The spore lobes are singular whereas the P. wandae has two spore patches.

The photo on the right is younger and is reminiscent of P. ridleyi with the shield hugging the mount and fertile fronds growing vertical like a P. ridleyi.  I assume the spore lobes will develop soon and the fronds will droop down.

 

 

The P. charles alford grows  a single, raised, flat, triangular lobe with frills around the bud.

New plants have been grown from P. charles alford spore and the cultivar encompasses the original, and the progeny.  If it was a sport/cultivar plants grown from spore would probably not resemble the cultivar providing spore.

 

For more information on the P. charles alford the reader is encouraged to visit RareFerns.com

 

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