Status of Merendera

Jane McGary
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:11:25 PST
I've just been trying to find out via internet search whether 
Merendera is still regarded as a genus separate from Colchicum, and I 
could not find any information that looked authoritative. Does anyone 
know if the genus Merendera is still valid? The last time I 
investigated this, I was told that it was sunk in Colchicum, but that 
was about 5 or 6 years ago, and some publications appear still to be 
using Merendera.

I got onto this after admiring Merendera attica, or COlchicum 
atticum, in the bulb frame this afternoon. Its flowers are white, 
just barely flushed pink, and rise barely above the soil, set off by 
gray-lavender anthers. Other Merendera (?) species flower here much 
earlier in fall.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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