Ipheion sellowianum Genealogy

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:50:36 PDT
I left something important out of my previous message in which I wrote

> A fuller genealogy is...
> Don Elick
> me
> Ellen Hornig
> Tony Avent

This refers to the four-petalled form, which is aberrant for a 

I believe it was Jerry Flintoff who told me many years ago that this 
form was also grown by a few gardeners in the Seattle area. Their 
plants would not fall into the list given above. As the four-petalled 
form is likely a single clone, the genealogy has other, earlier 
generations in it and other branches. Jerry also made reference to a 
form with the petals in the more normal three-fold arrangement you 
would expect in a monocot. [At least that what my failing memory 
says! Jerry? Over to you.]

There is no mention of it in Brian Mathews' seminal 1973 "Dwarf 
Bulbs" under any name I can find, nor in his 1986 "The Year-round 
Bulb Garden", but in his 1987 "The Smaller Bulbs" he refers to it and 
credits Alberto Castillo as the donor of his plant. I notice, 
however, that he does not mention the unusual arrangement of the 
petals in fours.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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