Jane's Pictures

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 01 Mar 2004 09:54:38 PST
Alberto wrote,

>           Jane, the leaves in your superb image of the mystery 
> Sternbergia looks a lot like in fischeriana. Does the flowering date coincide?

Yes, they do look like S. fischeriana, which I have but have not flowered 
yet. However, my reference books state that S. fischeriana flowers in 
spring, and this mystery plant flowered in October. Also, S. fischeriana is 
described as having "starry" flowers with "narrow" petals, whereas the 
mystery plant had a flower form not much different from a rather small S. 

I suppose it is possible that there are forms of S. fischeriana that flower 
in fall, since it is a little-known plant. Certainly there are a couple of 
Crocus species that have both autumnal and vernal flowering forms. Who has 
flowered S. fischeriana, or seen it in flower in the wild?

Jane McGary

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