"The Real" Narcissus pachybolbus

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 01 Sep 2009 20:37:19 PDT
>Jim Waddick wrote: “Yes it does look like a paper white in bloom... a very
teensy tiny paper white.

>Jim Waddick, this makes me wonder if we are growing the same thing as
>Narcissus pachybolbus. Yes, the flowers are smaller than those of the
>paperwhites I know, but they are not that much smaller.

Dear Jim and all,
	It should make you wonder. It did me.

	I went to Google images and the first hit 
was very wrong from the IBS as an obvious 
smallish white tazetta.
	It is not on the PBS wiki

	So I went to authorities- books written 
by scientists with pages, words and data.

	There were 3 sizes list for flower size:

	1.2 - 2 cm
	1.2 cm
	1.7 cm.

	These average out to 1.5 cm across or 
barely over 1/2 inch in diameter and that sounds 
right to me.

	Further errors on the web showed plants 
with rounded foliage  - my plant has fairly broad 
flat foliage.

	I could go on, but my plant seems to 
agree with that described by authorities from 
European Garden Flora to Blanchard and others.

	I suspect there's some imposters out there.

		Best		Jim W.

ps I hate to put the source of my original bulb 
on the spot, but he is on this list if he wishes 
to speak up. Ahem ??
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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