Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 02 Jun 2006 11:11:11 PDT
Odontostomum hartwegii is indeed a curiosity in terms of being the only 
North American representative of its family. It's flowering here now in the 
bulb frame, where it increases rapidly. As Mary Sue wrote, it is not a 
showy flower, but certainly of botanical interest and easy to grow.

Flowering near it right now is a South American bulb that I received 
through a Watson order under the name Camassia bifolia. I think it has now 
been moved out of the genus Camassia but am not sure of the current name. 
Superficially this and the Odontostomum look quite similar (the details of 
the stigma and anthers are, however, quite different). Again, a 
disappointment in aesthetic terms but interesting nonetheness.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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