Wiki Photos - Nomocharis, Odontostomum

Mary Sue Ittner
Sun, 11 Jul 2004 08:49:30 PDT
Dear All,

I finally got around to adding the pictures Bob took of the Nomocharis we 
saw blooming in Harry Hay's garden in May. I forgot to note which species 
it is. Do any of you who might grow it recognize it? This genus is so 

No long ago someone wrote me privately wondering how in the world there 
could be a Tecophilaea growing in South Africa. The IBSA web page of 
photographs has their pictures divided by families and indeed South Africa 
does have representatives in the Tecophilaeaceae family (Cyanella). When we 
set up our wiki we debated whether we wanted to arrange our pictures that 
way and decided not to even though eventually that would mean people would 
have to page down our table once we had a lot of genera represented. We 
wanted to appeal to a broad group and knew a lot of people would not know 
what family to look in to find the plant they wanted to look at. Also since 
a lot of genera get whipped in and out of different families by the 
taxonomists, we'd be hard pressed to keep up.

I have added a picture of California's genus in the Tecophilaeaceae family, 
This genus has only one species and it is interesting to think how the 
genera in this family are  so widely distributed and often don't have a lot 
of species. Every year I hope to get a better picture, but perhaps that is 
the nature of this plant which some might say would be a California 
collector's plant. I think it is charming in an understated way and it has 
been easy to grow.

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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