Plant ID forum: Is this a Japanese Painted Fern?

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 7, 2015 7:59 PM CST
I got this from a neighbor two years ago. Sorry, this is the only picture I have of it for some reason

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 7, 2015 8:19 PM CST
It sure looks like it to me. I see Japanese Painted Fern (Anisocampium niponicum) in the database but to me yours looks more like Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum which isn't yet listed in the ATP database. I think the Genus used to be Athyrium but is now considered Anisocampium. Here are some photos for comparison:

http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/plantName/Athyrium-niponi...
http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/29056-product.html






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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 8, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Sure looks like Japanese Painted Fern to me, too. Lin, Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum is "sort of" in the database. There's a synonym for Anisocampium niponicum listed as Athyrium niponicum var. pictum . Wouldn't that be the same thing if you change the genus name?
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jvdubb
Jan 8, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Thank you all!

It is enough for me to just know it is Anisocampium niponicum
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woofie
Jan 8, 2015 10:57 AM CST
That's a nice, healthy looking plant. I just got one this year; hope it does as well as yours! Thumbs up
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 8, 2015 11:30 AM CST
Thanks woofie! I actually have three. Two years ago they were just wee little pieces.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 8, 2015 12:51 PM CST
woffie, yes, I think they are one and the same ... someone should notify the database administrators to correct it. Maybe @zuzu could help?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 8, 2015 1:08 PM CST

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I can't find Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum in any taxonomic database. Woofie's correct in pointing out the Athyrium niponicum var. pictum listed as a synonym. Some of the Athyrium species were redefined as species of the Anisocampium genus, but some of the infraspecific names were also redefined as synonyms of others. I suspect there was never any need for the Anisocampium niponicum var. pictum name because Athyrium niponicum var. pictum had already been redefined as a synonym for Athyrium niponicum. Both therefore became synonyms for Anisocampium niponicum.
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woofie
Jan 8, 2015 3:21 PM CST
Hilarious! I'm glad that made sense to someone! Hilarious! Thanks, zuzu, I think I almost understood. Smiling
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plantladylin
Jan 8, 2015 10:15 PM CST
Thanks for the explanation zuzu although I will have to re-read it tomorrow to comprehend it. We just arrived in San Diego and checked in at the hotel and I'm so tired from the long day that I can't even think straight. Blinking We left Daytona at 11:30 for an hour flight to Atlanta; then we had a little more than 3 hour layover in Atlanta before the flight to San Diego. Although it's only a little after 8:00 p.m. here my brain and body are on eastern time and after we get a bite to eat I'm going to bed! Green Grin!

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