Lycoris shaanxiensis?

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:27:51 PST
Dear Peter,
	The discrepancies you note are all correct. The Herbertia article is filled with errors too numerous to mention.

	Yes L. shaanxiensis does refer to the Chinese Province of Shaanxi (not to be confused with the Prov. of Shanxi) whose capital city is Xi’an, the home of the terracotta warriors. The flowers of true L. shaanxiensis are white with faint lines of pink and it is exceedingly rare in collections. 

	L. straminea is a sort of straw yellow (as the name suggests) but with small pin points of bright pink. Both species are very distinct and not easily confused. 

	Mrs. Lin Jin-Zhen worked for years at the Hangzhou Botanical Garden and was in charge of the extensive Lycoris collection. She was fastidious in her attention to the correct ID of plants in the collection and worked closely with the other authors of the SIDA article which is quite comprehensive and accurate. 

	I can provide further information to you privately if you like, but these details may not be suited to this forum. Feel fee to email me directly any time.

	In general the the Herbertia article is the result of a lack of solid botanical and horticultural understanding of the genus.			Best		Jim W. 


On Feb 24, 2014, at 6:37 PM, Peter Franks <peter.scaevola@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi to all
> 
> It occurs to me that the currently available commercial taxon labelled
> "Lycoris shaanxiensis" doesn't match the descriptions found in Hsu et al in
> Sida 1994, 16 (2): 314 and again in Flora of China 24: 268
> 
> These sources state that L. shaanxiensis has white flowers with a few
> pinkish streaks and with red keels. Also that leaves are produced in early
> spring
> 
> Adams makes comparison with L. shaanxiensis as he grows it, with L.
> straminea Lindl. non hort. Japan. He compares the two in size, colouring and
> leaf phenology and maintains they are similar
> 
> Adams also states that the specific name "shaanxiensis" means "from the Shan
> States" of Myanmar whereas Hsu, et al and FoC state that L. shaanxiensis is
> from the Chinese province of Shaanxi, north of Sichuan
> 
> The Hangzhou Botanic Garden website has an illustration of a differently
> coloured taxon. No yellow is seen. Flowers are mostly white with some pink
> or red on the buds. This taxon conforms better to the original description
> in Hsu et al and FoC
> 
> Your information and suggestions are welcome
> 
> Regards
> 
> Peter in Sydney where it's steamy & around 25C
> 
> 
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> Sent: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 9:31 AM
> To: Pacific Bulb Society
> Subject: [pbs] Lachanelia from BX 353
> 
> Here are some photos of some Lachanelia blooming now, these were received in
> a recent BX offering.
> grown in basement under lights with a fan, 63-75F days 53-55F nights 
> 
> http://flickr.com/photos/32952654@N06/…
> 
> Thank you Dell and Monica Swartz for sharing and to all who contribute to
> the BX.
> 
> Rimmer
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