Crocus 'Golden Bunch'

Rodger Whitlock
Thu, 31 Mar 2005 20:59:13 PST
On 30 Mar 05 at 14:57, Jim McKenney wrote:

> the Hoog list Jane cites, Golden Bunch is
> described as a 'selection' of Crocus ancyrensis. What does this word
> 'selection' mean? I'll bet that no one knows for sure. For instance, is
> 'Golden Bunch' - to take one extreme of the many possibilities - one
> particular clone of Crocus ancyrensis? Or -to take the opposite extreme -
> does 'Golden Bunch' correspond to the non-clonal progeny of a
> particularly nice seed-raised strain, perhaps from a localized, distinct
> wild population of Crocus ancyrensis?
> We may never know, in part because commercial propagation sooner or later
> almost always comes to rely on the propagation of particular clones. What
> we buy today may be clonal in nature, even if the original 'Golden Bunch'
> was more in the nature of a seed raised strain. 

The selection was almost certainly clonal, and one of the primary 
characteristics distinguishing the clone selected would have been the 
freedom with which it multiplies vegetatively. Seed-raised bulbs simply 
aren't a viable choice for the mass market because they take too long to 
come into flower.

An aside: I've been looking for years for erythroniums that form clumps, 
E. oregonum & E. revolutum specifically. Only once have I seen such a 
plant -- but as it was in an ecological reserve, I did not take any. A 
week later I went to the dark side, went back to the reserve, and found 
that someone else had lifted the entire clump, neatly disguising the hole 
with moss and litter. Quelle horreur!

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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