Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'

Hannon othonna@gmail.com
Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:57:59 PST

I am not certain of the status of this name but have been using it for the
last few years since seeing it on a Google search for "Ledebouria". It was
on a page from the Pietermaritzburg Botanic Garden but I cannot find it
now. It seems it is not a validly published name. I suppose it could be
rendered provisionally as L. sp. "stenophylla" but growers may readily
convert this to L. stenophylla. I'm glad it has the name 'Gary Hammer' for
now at least. When this plant has a proper name, 'Gary Hammer' will have to
be appended at the end, e.g., L. stenophylla 'Gary Hammer'. But since this
indicates a special form or clone of L. stenophylla the horticultural
taxonomists will have to get after it.

Much work is still ongoing in South Africa with ledebourias and their kin
and it is quite possible that this entity will have its own name in the
near future. There seems to be no shortage of species in this alliance that
are undescribed or in need of sorting.

I've grown this durable plant since 1995 when I got it from Gary, who said
he collected it near Barberton. Whatever its ultimate identification, which
will very likely change more than once in future, the collector and
locality can provide a means of knowing we are speaking of the same plant
with the same provenance. Until someone else collects it again near
Barberton ...


Dylan Hannon
Los Angeles

On 24 January 2012 00:20, Tim Chapman <tim@gingerwoodnursery.com> wrote:

> I've been researching Ledebouria a good bit lately and noticed the plant
> called 'Gary Hammer' is now being sold as L stenophylla.  From what I call
> tell that is a non-existent name.  Although there is/was a Scilla
> stenophylla however it appears to be a synonym of S leptophylla which would
> make it one of Venter's species , L leptophylla.  The Gary Hammer plant
> looks nothing like L leptophylla.  Perhaps there are plans to publish a L
> stenophylla??  Curious if anyone has more info on this name?
> Tim Chapman
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