geophyte criteria

Ernie O'Byrne
Fri, 02 Sep 2005 08:38:43 PDT
So, where is the border line; or is it a continuum? Is it because the
Scoliopus has simple roots? So Tropaeolum speciosum would be a geophyte
because it has, what, rhizomes? So does that mean that everything with
rhizomes is subject to discussion on this list? What about grasses having
rhizomes? Seems that whatever definition one could pick for "geophyte" there
could always be found exceptions that we would like to include or exclude
from discussion on the list.

Scoliopus looks as if it "should" be a geophyte, if it, indeed, is not, so I
am not offended if it is discussed. Don't misunderstand, though. Alberto was
probably not offended, either, but just bringing up an interesting point.

Ernie O'Byrne
Northwest Garden Nursery
86813 Central Road
Eugene, ORegon 97402

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 7:14 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Wiki pictures

Dear All,


On the AB images list Lyn Edwards recently posted a picture of Scoliopus
bigelovii she is growing in Australia and Alberto promptly wrote it is not
a geophyte. In the past on this list I noted that the roots of my plants
didn't look at all like described (short underground stems with numerous
fleshy storage roots). Mine were like string. I unpotted one to take a
picture. This year I've watered them all summer so they are "plump". :-)
Note the grid the roots are on has 1 cm. squares.…


Mary Sue

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