Crocus minimus id verification

Jane McGary
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:38:24 PST
Jim McKenney wrote,

>The Crocus minimus you [i.e. Gastil] show is the same plant I have 
>received from two or three sources as Crocus 'Spring Beauty' or C. 
>issauricus 'Spring Beauty'. If more of us kept images of the corms 
>in circulation and people took the time to learn their crocus 
>tunics, this would be a lot less likely to happen.

I don't think Gastil's photos show C. biflorus ssp. isauricus (note 
spelling), because the style of C. biflorus is generally more deep 
orange than light orange, and it is more deeply divided than what 
appears in the photos. Also, corms of C. biflorus have a different 
type of tunic, called "annulate," that is, splitting crosswise near 
the base into rings of tissue.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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