Hymenocallis, Dunes. and STOLONS

Kevin D. Preuss hyline@tampabay.rr.com
Tue, 26 Oct 2004 02:46:11 PDT

I have noticed this, the production of stolons on occasion in local
populations of aquatically adapted tropical species (it has yellow pollen
unlike native SE US species), likely a form of H. latifolia. It is not
common, but I suspect very old plants are capable of doing this in disturbed
colonies. These mostly offset from the basal plate.
Those types of storms are most definitley a mode of distribution of these
tropical Caribbean spider lilies, making the exact origins of the plants
hard to pin down, confusing the taxonomy. Even here in Florida the
hurricanes can displace spider lilies along the coasts.

There are some species, for example: H. rotata, H. choctawensis, H.
duvalensis, H. godfreyi offset primarily by stolon.  These are all riverine
species and flooding can disturb colonies.

Kevin D. Preuss

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