Syringodea longituba
Tue, 21 Oct 2003 04:26:30 PDT
In a message dated 10/19/2003 12:32:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Do you have the Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs (the South African bible I 
heard it called)? You must with all the bulbs you grow from this area. If 
you don't have it, you definitely should get it. It is very cheaply 
purchased through, or at least it was.

I've never grown Syringodea as the only seed I've had never cameup. There 
is a picture and a description in that book although not as clear perhaps 
as yours. It looks very possible. What are the leaves like? (Leaves 5 to 8, 
filiform with a dorsal groove, often twisted.)
Hi Mary Sue:
I do have the Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs somewhere but can not locate 
it at the moment, Freddi is in nesting mode and has the house in a shambles for 
redecorating and restorations.  I found a fuzzy picture in a Nieuwoudtville 
handbook by Manning and Goldblatt that looks like my plant. The leaves (5-6) 
are filiform and have a channel but are not twisted. The outer bracts are fused 
into a tubular shape.  There is a brief description in the synoptic review of 
Romulea by Manning and Goldblatt. As soon as I am able to see the open flower 
again (cloudy or too late in the day when I get to the greenhouse) I may have 
the answer as the paper says that the style branches are to be simple.
Best regards and the Lachenalia season has begun with L. pusilla in bloom,
Mark Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.
Gaylordsville, Connecticut 06755-0142
USDA Zone 5
Giant Schnauzer Rescue

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