Lycoris, Crinum and other blooms

J.E. Shields
Mon, 08 Aug 2005 06:58:58 PDT
Hi all,

The first Lycoris are in bloom here -- Lycoris sprengeri. I have a couple 
of scapes up on LL. longituba, but no flowers open on them yet. L. 
chinensis should not be far behind.

Other than this, things are pretty quiet in my garden just now. I do have a 
couple scapes in bloom on Crinum variabile (in the ground) and a scape is 
up on Crinum lineare (in a 5-gal. container).

I have not seen any signs of scapes on any Hymenocallis occidentalis so far 
this season.  Other Hymenocallis in pots have bloomed well this year -- 
durangoensis, liriosme, henryae, palmeri, latifolia, maximilianii, rotata, 
eucharidifolia.  Even had one scape and blooms on harrisiana!  H. 
harrisiana almost never blooms for me.  They have not been so generous at 
setting seed this year, unfortunately.

My Leptochiton quitoense seem to  be dwindling away.  Only had one flower 
and no seeds on quitoense this year.

A question for our taxonomists:  What is the gender of Leptochiton?  I 
assume it is neuter, but I don't really know.  The ending -on in Greek 
usually equates to the neuter ending -um in Latin, but is that always true?

Nerine krigei has been blooming, and now we have one flower open on Nerine 
laticoma.  I've been trying to set seed on krigei using stored pollen from 
N. bowdenii (Aad Koen's hardy clone).  It looks like I may have gotten one 
or two seeds at least.  NN. krigei and filifolia cross readily; the plants 
from [filifolia X krigei] have twisted leaves like the pollen parent 
(krigei).  Maybe I'll try to cross laticoma and krigei.  I want to try 
[bowdenii X laticoma] or the reverse, as well.  Since bowdenii does not 
bloom until November, I'll have to store the pollen of laticoma to make 
that cross.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

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