Ipheion uniflorum

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:20:27 PST

The yellow ones with large flowers are three

Nothoscordum hirtellum, in the past known as Ipheion hirtellum, like a crocus on a tall stem.
Nothoscordum felipponei, ex Ipheion sellowianum, a stemless crocus with six tepals
Nothoscordum dialystemon, ex pheion dialystemon, a stemless crocus with eight tepals

Also in cultivation is Nothoscordum osteni, and the minute Nothoscordum montevidense. 

The treatment by Thad Howard in "Bulbs for Warm Climates" is ridiculous. He saw half a dozen species and with that started to write a mini monograph. It is impossible to understand the genus Nothoscordum as they grow over a huge region of plains in South America thas has been used for agriculture for over a century. When you find a small colony it has no obvious relation to the others already known.


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