Flores and Watson old Leucocoryne seed

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 24 Dec 2003 10:37:16 PST
Diane Whitehead mentioned she had seed of Leucocoryne appendiculata, 
coquimbensis, incrassata, ixioides, macropetala, purpurea, vittata.

I think that appendiculata and incrassata may be synonymous. In any case, 
L. incrassata, which also has a synonym L. narcissoides, is now placed in 
the genus Pabellonia as P. incrassata. Alan Meerow kindly mentioned this on 
this forum last year when I inquired about it, having photographed the 
plant and become confused by the various names in various books I have. I 
think I posted a photo on the wiki, but if not I will do so.

This is a very interesting flower which looks superficially like a small, 
bicolored small-cupped Narcissus, but when you look at it more closely, the 
yellow-orange "corona" is split. Resemblances like this in plants that are 
far distant geographically are always interesting. Of course they are in 
the same family, though. Pabellonia incrassata grows in very dry, rocky 
soils quite near the coast, with large Copiapoa cacti and xeric shrubs, and 
the most robust plants seemed to be down near seasonal drainage gullies on 
sloping banks. If I were Diane, I would not plant any outdoors on a bet!

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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