Two Allium of the season - RESEND
Fri, 01 Jun 2007 20:40:42 PDT
Hi folks,

I understand my last message might have appeared all squashed together and garbled (due to a brand new AOL web-mail interface introduced this week).  Hopefully this message has more readable formatting.  I now have high-speed internet, and shall be using a new email address at from this point forward to see if it works better.  I am re-sending the last PBS message to see if formatting is better, see below:

Regarding Allium maximowiczii ssp. shibutsiense 'Alba' on the PBS Wiki, this represents a spelling error on my part, it should be Allium maximowiczii var. shibutsuense 'Alba', the main species and variety level described in Ohwi's "Flora of Japan", with synonym Allium schoenoprasum var. shibutsuense Kitam., with Ohwi putting it in context with maximowiczii.  

Per the 1998 compendium of all known Allium epithets and synonyms; "Nomenclator Alliorum, Allium names and synonyms - a world guide", compiled by Mary Gregory, Reinhard M. Fritsch, Nikolai W. Friesen, Furkat O. Khassanov, and Dale McNeal, published by the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, ISBN 1 900347 64 4, Allium maximowiczii var. shibutsuense (Kitam.) Ohwi, is a validly published species.  And yes, IPNI is missing this name.  So far as 'Alba' versus 'Album', I received the plant as 'Alba', but it is just a cultivar name, so it is probably okay that it doesn't jive in gender.

So far as Allium obliquum, it's a species I grew years ago and much admired, and have germinated fresh seedlings of this year.  It has garden "presence", with smooth, round-in-cross-section, rat-tail-like curling foliage in tall definitive clumps, and handsome chartreuse flower knobs.  I LIKE it and look forward to growing it again.

Mark McDonough  <---New address
Massachusetts, USA (near the New Hampshire border)

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