boutin boutin@goldrush.com
Sun, 23 May 2004 15:28:45 PDT
Dear Rhoda,

Thanks for your reply and information on Ledebouria and the dwarf species
from the Amatola Mts.

Tried to open the image of Ledebouria galpinii, but it still comes up blank.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cameron McMaster" <africanbulbs@haznet.co.za>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 2:00 PM
Subject: [pbs] Ledebouria

> Fred
> The image of Ledebouria galpinii has been uploaded. Sorry, I thought it
had uploaded last week!
> The dwarf species from the Amatola Mts has leaves about 4 cm long and the
inflorescence 7-8 cm. The plants in the photo were grown under 40%
shadecloth which has caused a bit of elongation.  Normally the plants are
more compact.  The bulbs multiply readily, hence the gregarious appearance.
The habitat is in grassland on well drained rocky slopes, NE facing,
altitude about 1100 m, mainly summer rainfall about 1000 mm.  The flowers
are easy to find after a winter grass fire, but with moribund grass they
don't flower as much and are not easy to find.
> This is an exciting spot called Rooikrans or Red Ridge: other bulbs within
200 m are: another Ledebouria species (no photo unfortunately), Cyrtanthus
suaveolens, Nerine angulata, Tulbaghia acutiloba, several Hypoxis species,
Drimia capitata, Scadoxus puniceus, Zantedeschia albomaculata, Agapanthus
praecox (a compact smaller form with deep blue flowers) Scilla nervosa (had
a name change?), several ground orchids, and in a seep about 50 m away,
Cyrtanthus breviflorus and Kniphofia fibrosa.
> My 2-year seedlings of L. floribunda were also green in the first year; in
the second year the leaves have pale spots.  Next summer I hope the spots
will be dark.
> Rhoda
> Napier, W. Cape
> Local flowers right now: Nerine humilis and Freesia caryophyllacea

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