This is for anyone who participated in the 2015 NASC auction as a donor or bidder (even if they did not win an auction). Completely free--I'll pay the postage.
Winner, chosen randomly, picks one of the following. I'll let this go through the end of April.
1) Begonia bogneri plant:
2) Petrocosmea 6-pack:
These are Gesneriads, typically lithophytes and cool-growers that form flat rosettes.
I'll make it easy for people to look at a bunch of images (Google image search):
The species are: P. begoniifolia, P. flaccida, P. forestii, P. cavalierei, P. HT-2, P. sp. #5 (in no order relative to the photo below).
3) 5 unrooted Passiflora cuttings:
Chosen from the following: P. 'Mission Dolores', P. membranacea (Strybing clone), P. membranacea (variegated), P. 'Oaklandia', P. sanguinolenta, P. loefgrenii 'Iporanga', P. 'Preciosa', P. bogotensis, P. luzmarina
P. 'Mission Dolores', P. membranacea, P. bogotensis and P. luzmarina are cool growers.
P. membranacea, P. bogotensis and P. luzmarina are generally regarded as difficult to root
P. 'Oaklandia' is a P. manicata hybrid, perhaps with P. tarminiana, not P. parritae x P. tarminiana as sometimes claimed
Most of those Passifloras are somewhere in the photo below:
4) A fern 6-pack, 1 each of 6 species
This one would require a wait, at least a couple months, possibly significantly longer. I'm growing ferns from spores, and just now starting to transplant the first sporophytes (diploid plants), so far from only 2 species. This will change rapidly over the next several weeks.
Here are the candidates at the moment which have produced sporophytes:
Cyathea medullaris (Black Tree Fern)
Cyathea lepifera (Flying Spider Monkey Tree Fern)
Platycerium ridleyi (an ant plant, and one of the most unique Platyceriums)
Platycerium wandae (The largest Platycerium)
Platycerium 'Celebes' (A cultivar of P. hillii, I think)
Sadleria cyatheoides (Hawaiian endemic, miniature "tree fern")
Microsorum punctatum 'Grandiceps'
So far I've transplanted 3 each of Micorosorum punctatum 'Grandiceps' and what is hopefully Cyathea lepifera. That one germinated in very small numbers, and I'm told the possibility is high that it could be a contaminant (perhaps an interesting one).
Here's one of the containers with Cyathea medullaris gametophytes. The sporophytes are visible as the fronds that rise above the see of haploid organisms. If you look hard, you can see that there are quite a few of them--they are all very young.