Ipheion/Tristagma 'Rolf Fiedler'

totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:15:39 PDT
On 13 Apr 07, at 12:39, Lee Poulsen wrote:

> ...What are the arguments for placing 'Rolf Fiedler' in the genus
> Tristagma rather than in Ipheion? Both  its bulbs, leaves, and
> flowers are so similar to I. uniflorum that  it's difficult to
> distinguish until the flowers open. I would think  that these two
> are what I would call sister species. Otherwise, I  would wonder
> why I. uniflorum isn't also place in the genus Tristagma. 


which says, inter alia...

> This means that there is no more Ipheion.  All the correctly
> "recognized" species in this genus are now Tristagma.

[Found by googling ipheion "rolf fiedler", fourth link in the 

IOW, "Ipheion" uniflorum is properly Tristagma uniflora.

I had recently looked this up because I was entering a pot of 'Rolf 
Fiedler' in our local show of alpines and wanted to get the "right" 
name on the label. Google came through with the very message I had a 
dim recollection of.


> More generally, I thought Tristagma was mostly a Chilean/Andean 
> Argentine genus that looks very similar to Ipheions.

Don Elick told me that Rolf Fiedler, the man, was an Argentine 
rancher whose property was seized by the government and who 
subsequently went mad. To me, the obvious implication is that 
Ipheion/Tristagma/whatever 'Rolf Fiedler' is native to Argentina.

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

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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