Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'

Tim Chapman tim@gingerwoodnursery.com
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:34:46 PST
Just a quick update on this topic for those interested. 

My guess of L macowanii was incorrect as Venter says they look nothing alike.  He also confirmed what was said earlier that they are always solitary. 

What is interesting is that he is aware of 'Gary Hammer' but has never seen it in the wild.   From his note:

"Regarding Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer': It is said that the plant originated from Barberton in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. I have traversed the mountains around Barberton for many years collectingLedebouria species but have never seenLedebouria 'Gary Hammer' in the wild."

Also I'm hoping to hear back from the horticulturist at Pietermaritzburg who said the L stenophylla plant was given to her. She is trying to follow up with that person about its origin etc. 

So it seems to be a new species, now it's just finding out if stenophylla is a proposed name or a mistake.   I'll post anything if I find out more. 

Tim Chapman

On Jan 24, 2012, at 4:56 PM, Tim Chapman <tim@gingerwoodnursery.com> wrote:

> Unfortunately the Herbertia article does not have the full description so details like it being solitary aren't mentioned.  However the drawing included does show spotting/banding throughout the leaf.  This feature of course is not used to distinguish species as leaf patterns can be very variable or non existent within different populations.  I have no idea if the solitary vs gregarious is absolute within a species or if it can vary from population to population??  
> I'll try to dig a little more to see what I can find out.  
> Thanks to all that have added info on this!
> Tim Chapman
> On Jan 24, 2012, at 4:18 PM, aaron floden <aaron_floden@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Also, 
>> Macowanii has non-maculate leaves on the upper surface, and spots near the base on the lower and it also has greenish flowers instead of purple. Baker considered it "only of botanical interest." 
>> I believe the intention is to use stenophylla for the plant grown as "Barberton" and "Gary Hammer," but who knows?  Scilla stenophylla is not the same as this species. It was lumped with graminifolia, which is now lumped with leptophylla. Hopefully a better name will be chosen before publication.
>> Aaron 
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