Habranthus or Zephyranthes?

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Mon, 28 Jul 2003 11:45:32 PDT
<x-flowed>A couple of days ago I noticed a flower on a plant grown from the '97 
Alpine Garden Society seed exchange.  It is labelled Habranthus 
gracilifolius.  I checked the photos on the WIKI and my flower didn't 
match.  I decided I'd photograph it the next day and send in the 
picture.  Unfortunately, the next day the flower was gone.  Maybe it 
had been flowering for a few days already when I noticed it. Or do 
rainlilies only last for one day?

I think it is a Zephyranthes instead of a Habranthus, as the flower 
pointed straight up.  It was white with pale pink lines.  I've picked 
apart the soggy flower and think there are 4 stamens.  The flower 
stem to the ovary is 28 cm (11 inches) and at 21 cm (8 inches) there 
is a thickening with a shrivelled 2.5 cm sheath above it.  There are 
two leaves, one 12 cm and the other 18 cm.  They are 2 mm wide.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil
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