Sprekelia? Hippeastrum?

Maria Eugenia Paz Blanco mepazblanco@gmail.com
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 07:30:58 PST
HI Robert it, it is a cross of H. Papilio and H. Cybister called Hippeastrum
La Paz, here is a link where you can see the picture of it.


Maria from Vero Beach Fl
Zone 9b

2009/2/26 Robert-E. Brasseur <r.e.brasseur@scarlet.be>

> My name is Robert-Emmanuel Brasseur (Robert). I live as a retired civil
> servant in Leuven, near Brussels in Belgium. I spent much of my professional
> life in the tropics of Africa and Asia within de framework of rural
> development projects. For hobbies I combine gardening, field botanny and
> ornithology with music.
> Last winter I bought a bulb in a flower shop in Ghent (Belgium). After a
> few weeks the stem gave two flowers. The colour however did not fit with the
> picture fixed in the pot which looked like some Sprekelia formosissima. The
> bulb made one stem with two flowers. The colour however was not like on the
> picture. Instead it was variegated deep purple/brown and green. I was
> puzzled but had no time to make any enquiry then. After the flowering I
> repotted the bulb in a 20cm pot filled with acid chestnut forest soil. After
> keeping it till mid-june in the conservatory (there are daffodil flies
> around) I set the pot out in the garden. In october I put it back in the
> conservatory and gave it a dry rest period at temperatures of 7 to10°C.
> Early in January I brought it in-house (18 - 21°C) and watered it. This time
> two stems appeared with three flowers each. Diameter of the bulb: 7.5cm;
> length of the stem: 85cm (light conditions in the house are not so good);
> diameter of the flowers: 15cm. Considering the flowers' shape and
> specifically the funnel-like narrowing of the three lower petals I suspected
> the plant to be closely related to Sprekelia.
> After receiving a tip that it could be a Hippeastrum papilio I checked
> Google and found following site.
> http://images.google.be/imgres/…
> The picture very much correspond with that of my plant. On other sites I
> found however other pictures of so-called Hippeastrum papilio that present
> Hippeastrum features such as broad petals. Did the few butterfly bulbs have
> such rich genetic potential on their own or is it this huge variation in
> features the result of (un)controled hybridization? If so the question is:
> which were the shape and colour pattern of the original Hippeastrum papilio
> found in Brasil's southern Atlantic Forest.
> Thanks in advance for your comments,
> Robert-E. Brasseur
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Maria Eugenia Paz Blanco

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