Ornamental pteridophytes: An underexploited opportunity for the Sri Lankan floriculture industry

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In the floriculture industry of Sri Lanka, the main operations are the production of cut foliage followed by rooted cuttings and potted plants for the export market. Cut foliage species include several genera and species of flowering plants and a few species of pteridophytes. The history of collection of pteridophyte flora in Sri Lanka dates back to 1672, however at present only a few of pteridophytes are used in the domestic and international floriculture markets. Sri Lanka is blessed with a high level of diversity of pteridophyte taxa, with an enormous diversity of plant form, appearance and foliage patterns. They thrive in many habitats and are suitable to be used in the floriculture industry of the country. Several species are suggested as suitable candidates for rational domestication and use in the floriculture industry. Effective domestication of the selected pteridophyte taxa will be useful for their in situ, ex situ and circa situm conservation through utilisation.

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Ranil, R. H. G., Beneragama, C. K., Pushpakumara, D. K. N. G., & Wijesundara, D. S. A. (2016). Ornamental pteridophytes: An underexploited opportunity for the Sri Lankan floriculture industry. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 43(4), 293–301. https://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v43i4.7964

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