Lachenalia sargeantii

Alberto Castillo
Sun, 22 Oct 2006 05:24:49 PDT
Dear Cameron and Rhoda: 
                                       WOW! This is extraordinary. How very important. I only hope it will not face the fate of Babiana blanda and others. 
                                       Very many thanks for sharing the habitat info with us. 
                                       Please Rhoda, can you send me an update of the catalog. Superb growth and flowering (in adult ones) of your material. Germination of your seeds a 100% (with Ixias a probable 160%!!). Sadly not a single Gladiolus wilsoni germinated. No problem, just information in case the seed came from someone else.
                                       As South America gets drier every year South Africans really do great. 
All the best
Ezeiza Botanical Garden

> From:> To:> Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 08:39:57 +0200> Subject: [pbs] Lachenalia sargeantii> > Hello> On 25 October 2004 we found a population of Lachenalia sargeantii on a section of the mountain that had been burned the previous summer. This was about 10km to the east of Napier we we live . This was the first sighting of this magnificent Lachenalia since it was discovered near Bredasdorp in the Southern Cape in 1971. Follow up visits to the site the following year yielded no sign of it, proving that it will only flower after fire. There were extensive fires in the mountain above Naier this year and so we went out this week to find new populations and sure enough were lucky enough to find a small localised population in a rocky outcrop. There were many plants but only a few in flower - those in flower being the most exposed after the fire. Where there had been substantial regrowth of vegetation around the lachenalia plants, they did not flower. So it seems the requirements to flower are not only fire, but also freedom from any competition from surrounding taller vege> tation. Some of the flowering plants can be seen on the wiki.…> We are expecting Graham Duncan to visit us tomorrow to view this rare and exciting flowering.> Cameron McMaster> African Bulbs> PO Box 26, Napier 7270> Tel/Fax: 028 423 3651> E-mail:> Website:> _______________________________________________> pbs mailing list>>
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