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Sat, 22 Jun 2013 18:51:05 PDT
Last year in October and submitted to BX 327, seed  from a Fritillaria collected in  an islet offshore from northern Vancouver Island. We assumed it was F. camschatscensis. I did some of these seeds and grow them myself. My seedlings are currently doing well. They have coarser leaves than F. affinis.

We just returned from a trip to the same area. This time I was able to find the same plant with full blooms and am to confirm identity. This plant is definitely not common in the area. Typical vegetation on these coastal islets is dense spruce, cedar and douglas fir. So thick is near impossible to find a place to spread a tent. Very few homes in the area, only a few resorts and floating houses, fish farms. This area was depopulated with the epidemics, smallpox, etc., in the late 1700's and I was only able to find prairie habitat was near former and current native populations. These plants need to be protected. 

On June 19 this plant was just finishing it's blooming cycle. Our collections blooming from seed sourced from  SE Alaska are in bloom much earlier in spring. Will be interesting if blooming date at the farm is different from the two strains. We have noticed this difference, also defoliation and bud break in tree/shrub species with wide n/s range. 

typical islet
Fritilaria camschatscensis    here  and here

Rich Haard


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