New Member with plant availability

Paul Licht
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:34:23 PST
By way of introduction as a new member, after using and enjoying the PBS 
wiki for quite some time, I decided that I should 'pay my dues'. As 
Director of the Univ. California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, I enjoy 
an incredible array of geophytes from around the word (e.g., about 250 
Amaryllidaceae and 300 Iridaceae species) and most notably, a large 
South African collection. Our collection is data-driven and the vast 
majority  is wild collected of known provenance.   I am also personally 
passionate about these plants and have my own collection, with an 
emphasis on the S. African bulbs and aroids. While it may sound like I 
should be an expert, I can only wish I were: I've already learned a 
great deal from the PBS listserve. Incidentally, I am not a botanist by 
background but perhaps it is relevant that much of my research was on 
the endocrinology of African hyenas. 

I have started adding images to the wiki from our collection and may be 
able to provide information on cultivation of some lesser known 
species.  The Garden propagates a large number of  geophytes (among 
other plants) for sale to the public; I would love to give them away or 
trade but cannot do this routinely because the funds are essential to 
help maintain the Garden. If you are interested, you can view a partial 
availability list on our website 
You can email me if you have questions.  The Garden continues to seek 
new material (legally collected) with data and would greatly appreciate 
if you can help in this way.


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