Pacific BX 162

Dell Sherk
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 13:22:46 PST
Dear All,


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From Alberto Grossi:




1. Pancratium maritimum


2. Belamcanda chinensis


3. Pods of Bletilla striata


4. Iris graminea


5. Colchicum autumnale



From Mary Sue Ittner:


SEED (all open pollinated) :


6. Allium membranaceum -- California native with pretty light pink flowers


7. Calochortus splendens -- violet-pink without a lot of markings, from
Central part of California


8. Delphinium nudicaule -- California native, red flowers, but this was open
pollinated and could be a hybrid so can't promise the color. Easy to grow in
a pot, allowing a summer dormancy, but does reseed a bit into other pots


9. Geissorhiza brehmii -- white flowers, grows in wet spots


10. Geissorhiza imbricata -- white flowers, late blooming


11. Geissorhiza ornithogaloides -- small yellow flowers, early blooming


12. Gladiolus carmineus -- fall blooming, low growing, pink flowers, blooms
before the leaves. Has naturalized in my Northern California coastal garden.
Grows in South Africa in view of the ocean 


13. Gladiolus grandiflorus -- spring blooming, very pretty white flowers
with pink stripe


14. Gladiolus martleyi -- fall blooming before the leaves, small pink
flowers with interesting markings


15. Gladiolus miniatus -- late spring blooming, apricot flowers, very
pretty, not many seeds


16. Lachenalia nervosa -- white flowers with exserted stamens and pustulate


17. Romulia citrina -- South African species, yellow flowers


18. Romulea hallii -- early blooming (Nov-Feb northern hemisphere) South
African species, lovely markings


19. Romulea monticola -- yellow flowers, South African species


20. Triteleia dudleyi -- California native, few seeds, this is a higher
elevation species usually blooming in the wild in summer, but it grows well
for me in coastal California where it blooms earlier, small yellow flowers


21. Bulbs of Tulipa turkestanica


From Dennis Szeszko:




22. Milla magnifica:  The largest and rarest species of this genus.
Wild-collected in Mexico State near the border with Guerrero.  Grows in
tropical deciduous jungle with a very pronounced dry period.  

23. Tigridia sp.  A tall-growing species collected at around 6000 feet in
Mexico State.  It could be Tigrida meleagris, but the flowers were not seen.

24. Tigridia mexicana - Seed harvested from wild-collected plants found in
Mexico State.  The flowers were photographed and can be seen on the wiki.  

25. Tigridia sp. A short-growing species collected near Bejucos in Mexico
State.  Found growing in the shade of Crescentia alata trees in a very hot
environment with an extremely pronounced dry period.  Grows in clay soils
that flood during the rainy season but bake in the dry season.  

26. Tigridia aff. mortonii - I am not sure of the ID of this plant, but I
think that it could be this species based on where it was found.  Found at
the type locality for the species in Mexico State growing directly on rock
faces.  Culture is similar to Worsleya, but with more shade.  If this plant
is what I think that it is, it will be the first time it has been collected
since 1935.  Flowers were described as RED by the original collector....this
is the only member of Tigridia with red flowers.  I will confirm the
identity next summer when it flowers.  

27. Rhodochiton sp.  I think that this is a species of Rhodochiton (not R.
atrosanguineus), but I am not 100% sure of the identity.  It has a root
structure similar to Dahlia and grows as a lithophyte on wet cliffs in
Mexico state where it was collected.  Flowers are large, reddish-purple,
showy and pendulous.  

28. Irid -  A species of pleated-leaf irid that does not grow more than 12
inches with pointed seed capsules.  Found in Mexico State growing near the
city of Tejupilco at around 4000 feet in tropical deciduous jungle.  

29. Penstemon sp.  OK.  So it's not a geophyte, but it has beautiful flowers
that are an amazing bright coral-pink color with a fuzzy, yellow beard at
the base of the lip.  It was collected in Texcoco district in Mexico State
and will grow well with other summer-growing bulbs in cool climates.  Grows
with Tigridia vanhouttei and Calochortus barbatus. 


Thank you, Alberto, Mary Sue, and Dennis !!


Happy holidays!



Dell Sherk, Director, PBS BX



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