Triteleia (Mary Sue Ittner)

Jan v.d. Berg, Boltha BV
Tue, 23 May 2006 13:18:44 PDT
Mary Sue,
Beautiful pictures you have taken.
Especialy the forms of Triteleia grandiflora ssp. Howellii, Triteleia
Hendersonii, Triteleia_lilacina, and Triteleia_montana. I don't think T.
Tiger, named by The Robinetts, is an Ixioidis Form, because it has no
offsets( The T. Ixiodis have ) it is blooming earlier than all the
T.Ixioidis forms, and I didn't succeed to make crossings with it with the
T.Ixioidis forms.
Best regards.


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Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 21:01:45 -0700
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I've added a lot of pictures to the Triteleia wiki page. Some of you may 
remember that I've been trying to understand, grow, and/or see in the wild 
many of our native Triteleias. It is a genus I love and at the moment it is 
blooming away in my garden. Three cheers for it!

Recently we took a few days to view some of the Northern California 
wildflowers and saw some wonderful displays of flowers. Diana Chapman has 
raved about Table Mountain near Oroville for a number of years and we 
finally made it. The day we spent there will be etched in my memory 
somewhat like the day we saw Romulea sabulosa near Nieuwoudtville in a wet 
year. It was one of the more beautiful displays of wildflower I have seen. 
This year late rains meant there were annuals and bulbs blooming together. 
Table Mountain is flat as you might expect from the name and the soils are 
thin so that there isn't a lot of competition from trees or shrubs. There 
were masses of different colors of low blooming flowers.

We also went to Bidwell Park in Chico at Diana's suggestion and saw a lot 
of nice native bulbs there and also nice displays of flowers in the Vina 
Plains, a Nature Conservancy preserve we just viewed from the road. I'll be 
adding pictures to the wiki probably slowly of some of the bulbs we saw in 
habitat. This is the first lot, the Triteleias. While I was at it I added 
pictures I hadn't gotten around to adding before, took off some older 
pictures that I thought I could improve on and added some new ones, 
including of some things blooming at the moment.

The changes are a lot to announce so maybe those interested should just 
look at the whole page.…

Triteleia bridgesii - new habitat picture from Bidwell, better picture of 
garden plants, corms

Triteleia dudleyi - this one I didn't realize I never added to the wiki. 
It's found at high elevations, but I still am able to flower it so it 
obviously adapts even without winter cold.

Triteleia hendersonii - this is getting more and more flowers every year so 
I replaced pictures to show this. I have some growing in a large pot in my 
raised bed with a Brunsvigia that has never bloomed. I didn't purposely do 
this, nor did I plant that Cyclamen coum that appeared as well. The later 
blooms for months in that same pot and then the Triteleia when the leaves 
of the others have disappeared. This Trit is fabulous.

Triteleia hycinthina - improved pictures and  pictures of corms

Triteleia ixioides scabra - corms

Triteleia ixioides Tiger from the Robinetts was supposedly grown from seed 
collected at Table Mountain so I added a picture of one taken there. My 
field guide called it T. ixioides ssp. unifolia, but that name wasn't 
recognized in Jepson as a separate species.

Triteleia laxa -- We saw a white one in Bidwell park which is very 
unusual  and a wonderful display being pollinated by black Pipevine 
Swallowtails near Vina. Also a picture of the corms I think of Queen 
Fabiola. I didn't make a note of which form. It's one of those laxas that 
multiplies vegetatively in huge numbers every year.

Triteleia lilacina - Another favorite of mine with the sparkly center. This 
one we saw in Bidwell and on Table Mountain so have added pictures taken 
each place (one with a pollinator) and a picture of the corms which are 
more fibrous than most.

Triteleia montana- Better picture and added a picture of the corms

Triteleia peduncularis- Picture of the corms. The one I grow produces a lot 
of small sized cormlets that take a few years to bloom.

Mary Sue


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