Boophone sp Aus in BX 346

Karl Church 64kkmjr@gmail.com
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:42:33 PDT
Thanks for the info. How long from seed to bloom? Will you be offering
seeds or offsets next year?
Karl Church
On Sep 17, 2013 11:15 AM, "Kipp McMichael" <kimcmich@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
>   I was busy this weekend and did not see the BX until it was over.
>
>   The Boophone seeds from are not from Australia but named after Aus in
> Namibia. Several of you may be familar with the story from prior exchanges,
> but for those who aren't:
>
>   Around 9 years ago, specimen bulbs of "Boophone sp Aus" were offered by
> Guy Wrinkle and other rare bulb purveyors. As far as I can ascertain (the
> two prinicipals now being sadly departed), these bulbs ultimately
> originated with Charles Craib. These original specimens were said to be
> from Aus, Namibia.
>
>   Around 6 years ago, rareplants.co.uk began offering bulbs listed as
> juvenile Boophone sp Aus. The description, however, was as follows: "A new
> and as yet un-named species or form, once known only from near Aus in
> Namibia, but also discovered in a small region of southern S. Africa."
>
>   I have confirmed that rareplants received these bulbs from Charles
> Craib. Barring confusion on rareplants part, I tend to trust Charles
> Craib's identification - though I do acknowledge a disjunct distribution in
> Aus and  "southern South Africa" would be unusual.
>
>   I bought 3 of those bulbs and the seed offered in BX 346 are from these
> 3 plants which all bloomed this year.
>
>   I also have 3 Boophone sp bulbs offered by Charles Craib/Simply
> Indigenous as "eastern Cape evergreen form" which some have speculated may
> be the same as the southern South African bulbs purported to be sp Aus. The
> "evergreen" bulbs do bloom about the same time as the sp. Aus bulbs (and
> with a similar pink color), but the foliage of the evergreen sp is greener
> and more pliant - even when they were grown in the same positions. The sp
> Aus bulbs have tighter fans of blue leaves. I highlight the differences
> here, but this is all within the context of bulbs from a genus whose
> species are very similar.
>
>   So there is the long story about these Boophone "sp. Aus" seeds.
>
> -|<ipp
>
>
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