Hesperantha (Schizostylis) coccinea forma alba

DAVID ROSS davidross350@btinternet.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:58:39 PDT

We are the National Collection holders of Hesperantha coccinea cvs. in the UK.  We are currently doing some research into Hesperantha coccinea forma alba. We always believed this to be a wild form from South Africa until correspondence with Gary Dunlop who indicated that it was brought into the UK by Jeff Irons who believed it to have arisen in cultivation in NZ.  Jeff had acquired his original plant as seed from the NZAGS.  We have contacted them and this has led us to Bernard Hollard of 'Hollard Gardens'.  We understand that he travelled very widely to South Africa and other countries and brought the plant into New Zealand as seed and then it was distributed to others there.

We have also spoken to Cameron McMaster and other colleagues who have never seen this plant in the wild in South Africa, although there are some ambiguous written references to its occurrence there.

Does anyone have any more information that could help us track the source of the 'White Hesperantha coccinea'!  

David and Penny Ross

Devon United Kingdom

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