Arum from Sicily

John Grimshaw
Fri, 18 Jul 2008 01:19:10 PDT
To set the score right, Peter Boyce's monograph The Genus Arum does have a 
map (Map 3 a, p78) showing that A. italicum occurs in Sicily - and indeed 
Italy and most of the countries bordering the Mediterranean (but not the 
southeastern corner from Libya round to Syria).

If you're not familiar with this book it is essential reading for anyone 
interested in the genus, or in fine botanical monographs. It contains some 
of the best examples of botanical art I have come across, with outstanding 
paintings by Pandora Sellars and Ann Farrer, and superb line drawings by Tim 
Galloway. But the maps are terrible.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Hamilton" <>
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Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Arum from Sicily

> Hi  Pieter,
> I flipped  through  "The   Genus  Arum"  by  Peter  Boyce  ,which
> has  distribution maps , and  I  didnt  see  any Arum species  that
> grow in Sicily  .  It  appears  that  Arum italicum  is  not  native
> to  Italy  either.
> I  have   found  that  sowing Arum  seeds  is  best  left  until
> autumn . An  earlier  sowing  will often cause germination to  be
> delayed  by   12 months. Its  not a  genus  that  enjoys   living in
> a  pot  so  I  generally transplant  seedlings  to the  garden after
> 2  years  of  growth.
> Cheers,
> Rob in  Tasmania
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