David Victor davidxvictor@btinternet.com
Tue, 20 Dec 2005 03:47:43 PST
Dear Mary Sue,

I realise that other people have already replied, but I thought it might be 
worth confirming the identifications for O. luteola and O. flava.  As it 
happens, I have plants with the same colouration on the leaves as your O. 
luteola and plants with the same darkly-tipped petals as your O. 
flava.  Both are similar rather than identical.

As for the O. namaquana, I have to say that this is a species that I 
vacillate on.  I seem to have a series of different collections with minor 
variations in the number of leaflets and their dimensions, where the best 
fit seems to be this species, but which sometimes fade into others.  I'm 
not clear as to whether its a matter of variability within one species, or 
different species.  I tend to consider them sp. aff. namaquana rather than 
being specific.  Maybe this is one of the areas where Leanne Dreyer will 
eventually come up with some clarification.

After a wonderful year last year, this year's flowering of Oxalis has been 
rather poor.  A combination of bad light and low temperatures over the last 
few weeks has suppressed their show significantly.

Best regards,
David Victor 

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