[Taxacom] Neptune Plant

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Tue May 15 09:28:10 CDT 2007


Sean,
     I don't recall any taxacom discussions on this, but the Neptune "fern" 
(or air "fern") refers to hydrozoan species such as Sertularia argentea or 
Sertularia abietina.  The dead sertularian is apparently dyed green and sold 
as decoration.  Definitely not a "wonder of nature."  :-)
    ----Cheers,
            Ken

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>From: "S.R.Edwards" <sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com>
>To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Neptune Plant
>Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 10:12:40 +0100
>
>Many thanks George, for your reply off-list,
>
>Yes I had searched the TAXACOM archives, and have just done so again. I 
>guess the thread is hiding within another thread, although I think I have 
>now opened just about every posting back to last December, and it was since 
>then!  I'm beginning to doubt my memory!
>
>I did not make the original posting (I had not seen the advertisements 
>then) but noted the several TAXACOM responses with interest, not just that 
>it was a hydrozoan, but identified to species. But I now see the 'plant' 
>being hawked around in those gizmo catalogues that fall out of the (UK) 
>papers.
>
>Key words/phrases in the thread/advertisements included (I think) Neptune 
>Plant, fern, from the deep ocean bed, resurrection OR revives, green, 
>unable to be classified in any botanical category [true], botanical wonder 
>of nature. One TAXACOM poster suggested that the vendors were 
>misrepresenting -- which they certainly are!
>
>I'll make this my last shot at TAXACOM to get this answer. This is hardly 
>very important, but my curiosity is up!  If anybody knows, and had assumed 
>that somebody else had answered to me off-list, then please let me know. 
>Thanks.
>
>Sean
>
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