Ipheion 'Rolf Fiedler'

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Sun, 30 Nov 2003 22:13:47 PST
No, I hadn't gotten any replies. However, now that I read John 
MacGregor's reply, I'm even more confused.

1. 'Rolf Fiedler' has been known since at least 1978 and even then 
was already named "Tristagma peregrinans"? Why has there been so much 
puzzlement over this species since then?

2. The entire Ipheion genus was subsumed into Tristagma since at 
least 1963? Is this true? Why hasn't anyone anywhere, currently, 
listed their Ipheion uniflorum species or cultivars as Tristagma 
uniflorum? This is the first I've heard this.

3. So if the "yellow" Ipheions are all Nothoscordums and the "blue" 
Ipheions are really Tristagmas, then there never were any Ipheions?

4. And what about the Tristagma species that always were Tristagma? 
Do they look like Ipheions? I've never seen them (although I've tried 
to grow some seeds of them recently--Chilean species). Does T. nivale 
look like the various Ipheion species?

5. Should we all re-label our Ipheions? Should we organize an email 
and letter campaign to tell every mail order nursery around the world 
that offers Ipheions that they are really Tristagmas?  ;-)

Just wondering aloud...

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

>Dear Lee,
>Did you get a private response from anyone about your question below 
>to the group. I am reposting it since it was written under an Oxalis 
>subject heading and may have gotten lost. I know a lot of us would 
>like the answer to this question.
>Mary Sue
>At 07:20 PM 11/18/03 -0800, you wrote:
>>Speaking of uncertainties and bones of contention with regard to 
>>species names and synonyms, I was scanning through Dirk's latest 
>>list of bulb offerings and happened upon this:
>>"Ipheion pelegrinans    (syn. Tristagma pelegrinans) Known as I. 
>>'Rolf Fiedler' in the trade before it's true identity was 

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