I've grown Cyrtanthus epiphyticus for some time, from a collection made in South Africa by Panayoti Kelaidis in the 90s, and I've also seen it in the wild growing in the turf (not up a tree!) at Naude's Nek and elsewhere in the Drakensberg. In my experience the corolla lobes flare outwards, as in the photographs by Mary Sue, but not Bill Dyke's. I would describe the colour as orange-red. I find that the different bulbs in the pot flower at different times during the summer, but in my experience it is a summer-growing, summer-flowering plant. I dry off the pot as the plants go dormant in autumn and keep it cool & dry all winter, usually resurrecting it in April, with repotting every 2-3 years. The bulbs don't seem to increase vegetatively. I've not yet risked a bulb outside, but most of its congeners in the wild are hardy here so I ought to be a bit bolder. John Grimshaw Dr John M. Grimshaw Sycamore Cottage Colesbourne Nr Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 9NP Website: http://www.colesbournegardens.org.uk/ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 1:36 AM Subject: [pbs] Cyrtanthus epiphyticus > Blooming now from BX seed offered by Ernie O'Bryne in January 2004 is > Cyrtanthus epiphyticus. My flowers don't look like the ones that are > pictured on the wiki from Bill Dijk, but they do match the description in > the Pooley books of this species. Any comments from anyone about this > species?