Oxalis species for PBS Wiki

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Tue, 18 Nov 2003 19:20:28 PST
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 
established. Beautiful starry cobalt blue flowers in Winter to 
Spring. Increases by stolons."

This is news to me.

Since in my northern hemisphere garden, my pots of Ipheion 'Rolf 
Fiedler' are all coming out of dormancy now, this caught my 
attention. One pot has a new label where I left room after "Ipheion" 
for a species name in case that ever got settled.

My question is: When did it get settled? And when and who established 
its true identity? Not having any Tristagma, nor ever having seen a 
live plant, I didn't realize that they were similar enough to 
Ipheions that there would be a synonymous name for it.

Finally, does this mean that it is merely a true species and 
therefore we no longer need to nor should refer to it as 'Rolf 
Fiedler' as Dirk now does in his catalog?

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

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