Leontocher ovallei & Moss & liverwort

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sat, 31 Jan 2004 15:35:51 PST
Malcolm Redwood in New Zealand asked,
 >Now I am wondering if I can pick your brains, on how to germinate 
Leontocheir ovallei seed?

I did not realize Chilterns had this. Wonder how they got it? It is very 
strictly protected in the wild, except from the g-- d--- goats, which is 
why it's endangered in the first place.

Anyway, it lives in very dry, rocky situations in the Coast Range of north 
central Chile; I saw it growing in vertical crevices in a canyon wall, 
where the goats and resident guanacos apparently had missed it. It should 
germinate pretty much like the coastal Alstroemeria species to which it is 
closely related; that is, in cool but frost-free conditions, almost as soon 
as the seeds become moist. However, if this is seed of the current season, 
and I had managed to get some, I would keep it at room temperature, dry, 
not planted, for 3 to 5 months before planting and watering it. I 
definitely would not subject it to any chipping, chemical treatments, 
freezing etc. -- just plant it in a good gritty soilless mix and give it a 
soaking in the early fall, and keep the seedlings away from frost and watch 
them carefully for aphids.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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