Erythronium multiscapoideum

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 09:07:28 PDT
Dear All,

Paul Tyerman who once was on our list, but is no longer has twice posted this on the Australian Images list. Since I assume we may have some members that are not on that list who may have an answer, I am posting it here and will forward any replies to him. I checked the new Jepson manual and it states that the pollen on this species is white to cream and in his pictures the anthers do look pink. Any ideas anyone? I can't attach the pictures naturally, but could send them to anyone if it would help to answer the question.

Mary Sue

Howdy All,

I have something interesting I have noticed with my Erythronium
multiscapoideums.  I have a couple of different pots and I noticed last
year that one of them had pink anthers on it's flower.  I only noticed this
as the flower was dying so I thought it may have been part of the aging
process that the other pot did not do for some reason.

Well..... this year they've started flowering.  One pot opens with white
anthers and the other opens with pink anthers.  The white anthered variety
starts with much more silvery foliage while the other has much darker
markings (these later age to the silvery markings similar to the
white-anthered variety).

I have checked my books where possible and it is explicitely stated that E.
multiscapoideum has white anthers.  Both the varieties I have branch below
ground, giving the effect of having multiple flower scapes (hence the
name).  To my knowledge multiscapoideum is the only species to do this.
Given that it has white anthers... what do I have that has the same habit
but has pink anthers and slightly different foliage?  If it is a hybrid
then it has kept the full multiscpoideum habit of branching below the surface!

I have attached two pictures to this email, showing the differences in the
two flowers.  The flower size is similar, but you can clearly see that the
anthers on one are a solid pink colour.  It makes quite a difference to the
appearance of the plant.

Anyone have any ideas?  If you know anyone who might be able to help then
please forward this email on to them.  I would rather like to know whether
this is a hybrid and needs to be labelled as such, or whether there is a
subspecies or somethign that does this.

Thanks in anticipation. 

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