Ornithogalum secundum

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Mon, 16 Jul 2007 22:09:17 PDT
My plant has a flat, prostrate leaf. The inflorescence precedes the 
emergence of the leaf in autumn.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <msittner@mcn.org>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:36 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Ornithogalum - curious

> Hi,
> John Grimshaw asked  me to add his picture of Ornithogalum secundum to the
> wiki and I have done so:
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> All my books say it is yellow with green keels. The Namaqualand field 
> guide
> doesn't have a picture of it however, choosing instead to have a picture 
> of
> the leaves that look like Crossyne leaves to me and are described as
> strap-shaped with minutely fringed translucent margins arranged in a
> rosette lying flat on the ground. The drawing in the Spring and Winter
> Flowering Bulbs of the Cape shows leaves that are erect and the 
> description
> is the same. The leaves in the two book don't look at all alike. The 
> leaves
> are apparently gone at flowering. I'm really curious what the leaves look
> like on John's plants.
> I have a number of photographs of species we saw in Namaqualand last
> September and haven't added them to the wiki since I have no clue what
> species they are and they aren't quite like any in my field guide. Anyone
> in our group good at identifying Ornithogalum species who might be able to
> help me sort them out?
> I'd like to comment also on Paul Tyerman's lament about the one season of
> his orange Ornithogalum dubiums. I've had similar problems and yellow ones
> I bought never flowered again so my yellow ones were not better. Last year
> I unpotted all I had that had including the ones that were not coming
> up  and put them in trays upstairs in my house (the warmest spot in
> summer).  I was thinking of tossing them and didn't get around to potting
> them for a long time and when I looked at some of them they had tiny roots
> on the bottom. So I potted the ones up that seemed to be rooting and had
> more blooming this year than usual. I was told in South Africa by an
> exporter that the Dutch won't let them send any unless they have a shoot.
> I'm going to try this neglect system again this year and see if it will
> stimulate them to grow again. Some never showed any signs of sprouting so 
> I
> tossed those.
> Mary Sue
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