seed identification - provisionally Moraea polystachya

Gastil marygastil@yahoo.com
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:33:46 PST


Sean,
Thank you. Those are some nice seed photos. Those M. polystachya seeds are a lot more angular (less round). Those have definite edges or ridges between faces of the seeds whereas these I collected are more rounded-over. 

The Moraea stricta seed I received in BX 306 #2 are like those, angular with ridged edges, so I know if my microscope could show that feature it would show that feature. 
http://flickr.com/photos/gastils_garden/…

Whereas my plain camera photos of Moraea polystachya seeds like this photo
http://flickr.com/photos/gastils_garden/…
do not show enough fine detail for seed ID. That germinating seed really is a M. polystachya, received-as that in BX 295 #9 from Mike Mace who as seen a few Moraea in his time. Maybe these seeds just puff up when hydrated and are only angular when dry. 

- Gastil

> http://itp.lucidcentral.org/id/fnw/… 
> They should be  more or less D-shaped or angular, similar to a lot of *Iris*. Sean Z 





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