Native jonquil - Proiphys cunninghamii (plants or seed request)

Wed, 09 Mar 2005 08:52:07 PST
hi everybody,

sorry for the long delay in replying.  and sorry for
causing this confusion.  

years ago, one of the gardeners at the local BG gave
me some bulbs of a plant they were growing as Eurycles
cunninghaimi.  they later changed their tag to
Proiphys amboinensis... so i wonder if they were
synonyms or misidentified.  the plant grows a very
nice round leaf (people thought i was growing a Hosta
indoors) but mine never bloomed and i eventually send
them away.  

from your description, i'd say that what they grew was
Proiphys amboinensis.  i assume it's from indonesia? 
thanks for the clarification.

tsuh yang 

> Eurycles is a synonym of Proiphys, but P.
> cunninghamii and P. amboinensis 
> are definitely different to each other.  The P.
> cunninghamii to my way of 
> thinking is a neater, more organised flowerhead with
> smaller flowers and 
> looking much more like a "Jonquil" in a lot of ways.
>  The P. amboinensis 
> has much larger flowers and is more spectacular but
> I found that the flower 
> head looks much looser (in the ones I have seen
> anyway) and despite the 
> larger flowers it is not as nice to me.  There was
> some minor differences 
> in the leaves as well.  These observations were made
> recently at the 
> Australian National Botanic Gardens here in
> Canberra, Australia where they 
> grow them in a heated glasshouse.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

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