Marsilea sporocarps

Perry, Jim jperry at
Wed Nov 5 12:45:39 EST 2003

Folks, this seems obvious to me, but what I would do is locate in the
Botanical Society of America (or other botanical organization)
membership list a taxonomist or a morphologist from a place where
Marsilea grows and ask that person if s/he would collect sporocarps for
me. I would be willing to pay for the effort to get them. Alternatively,
a major botanical garden might supply them. (Someone, with a strong
environmental ethic so that over harvesting was prevented, could make a
bit of a cottage industry of this and "advertise" [ahem] on plant-ed.)

It is not very likely that plant-ed reaches the people who could really
find them, so my method goes to a more likely source.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Janice M. Glime" [mailto:jmglime at] 
> Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 11:15 AM
> To: plant-ed at
> Subject: Re: Marsilea sporocarps
> I concluded several years ago that Carolina folks do not know 
> their Marsilea taxonomy.  I thought that the hairy ones were 
> from Marsilea vestita, but since I have not seen whole 
> plants, ID from just a sporocarp is a bit questionable.  
> Marsilea quadrifolia, according to the new Flora North 
> America, has pubescent sporocarps that are soon glabrate, but 
> then M.  vestita is likewise described that way.  Marsilea 
> macropoda has matted or twisted hairs on the sporocarp and 
> might be what they are getting.  I think that perhaps the 
> sporocarps also are not mature when collected.  It is 
> interesting that in Flora North America, no species is native 
> to the Carolinas.
> I too am struggling to find a new source for these wonderful 
> sporocarps.
> Janice
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