Aristea ecklonii v Libertia caerulea

Mon, 20 Oct 2003 02:07:41 PDT

to add to Arnold's bit, there is a Libertia coerulescens: clump-forming,
rhizomatous, linear, rigid and leathery leaves (30-45cm).  Spring flowering,
one-two leaves on stem, flowers in umbels on short branched terminus.  Pale
blue. Chile, takes -5°C

From the descriptions of A. ecklonii, the flowers are carried up the stem in
a spike-like (panicle) manner.  The flowers appear to be a much deeper blue
and are born in Summer.  The plants seem to be similar in stature.  Only
listed as frost hardy!  South Africa

Hope this helps,

Jamie V.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnold Trachtenberg" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 4:33 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Aristea ecklonii v Libertia caerulea

> Paul:
> Here goes:
>  From Kuitzki  "Libertia spreng.
> " Small to medium evergreen rhizomatous perennials; leaves several,
> lanceolate to linear; flowering stems several branched, branches long or
> very short and sometimes clustered; inflorescence spathes short,
> pedicels exposed; flowers white or blue; tepals free, subequal or the
> outer whorl much smaller; filaments united in a short tube, anthers
> erect; style short, dividing above the filament tube into 3 slender
> branches extending between the stamens; capsules sometimes indehiscent;
> seeds brown and shed immediately or colored and exposed in the open
> capsule;  x =19. About 10 ssp., Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and
> S. America."
> Aristea Aiton
> Found in Sub Saharan Africa including  Madagascar.
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