Wiki additions -- Massonia, Haemanthus, Dietes, Chamaescilla

Fri, 28 Dec 2007 20:57:18 PST
Mary Sue,
I enjoy your write-ups inviting us to look at new photos. A suggestion: if
you run out of time/energy it would still be very helpful to have a
notification with the genus or genera in the subject line.

Happy New Year


On Dec 28, 2007 8:29 AM, Mary Sue Ittner <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm never sure if I should keep announcing wiki additions since I almost
> never get any feedback to know if anyone does more than delete the post.
> So
> perhaps people who care should write me privately and I could just have a
> short list I could send an announcement to. I know some of the others who
> add pictures have stopped telling people about their additions for the
> same
> reason.
> I just added some more Massonia pictures to the wiki. I also looked up the
> key in the Cape Encyclopedia and see that it is the stamens that are the
> distinguishing factors in telling the species apart. Massonia depressa has
> anthers that are more than 2mm. M. pygmaea besides being smaller has
> filaments of two lengths. Massonia pustulata has filaments longer than 10
> mm (to 24mm.) and Massonia echinata 10 mm or less. So it looks like you
> need to measure to be sure of what you have. I went out and looked at my
> M.
> depressa and the anthers really are bigger. You can't see these subtle
> differences in pictures. Photos added: Massonia depressa from Cameron
> McMaster, Massonia echinata from Alan Horstmann (an unusual color) and
> pustulate, Massonia jasminiflora from me and now blooming, Massonia
> pustulata being pollinated (sorry these pictures aren't clearer, I had
> very
> little time to get a tripod or even be sure of my settings, but was
> fascinated watching the pollinator go from anther to anther), Massonia
> pustulata from Cameron, and finally Massonia pygmaea from Alan.
> I also added a few more Haemanthus pictures a couple of days ago. The
> first
> is of a hybrid I believe. Doug Westfall sent me seed of H. albiflos and
> one
> of the seedlings was distinctly different.
> And I added pictures of H. pauculifolius now blooming for awhile in my
> greenhouse. I obtained this from Telos a number of years ago, but this is
> the first time it has bloomed and I quite like it.
> I also added a picture of an additional Dietes  species that we saw in the
> Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. This species, Dietes robinsoniana, is
> native to Cape Howe Island, an island off Australia. I added an additional
> picture from Alan Horstmann of Dietes bicolor at the same time.
> Finally about a week ago I added a wiki page for Chamaescilla
> This is an Australian genus with blue flowers. It's a charming little
> plant
> we saw a number of times when we visited in September. It is not in the
> Hyacinth family, but in the Anthericaceae family along with some other
> Australian plants with the unusual root system that annually grows
> tuberous
> roots from a cormlike stem. This family has been included in Agavaceae or
> optionally Asparagaceae by APG II. Since Hyacinthaceae is also optionally
> included in Asparagaceae that is one way genera with blue flowers that
> have
> scilla in the name can be together.
> Mary Sue
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