Descriptions of Mary Sue's donation to PBS BX 22

Dell Sherk
Sun, 09 Feb 2003 08:13:55 PST
Ornithogalum sp.
This one came from seed from NARGS as Ornithogalum gifbergensis. Robin
Attrill suggested the correct name for it should be Ornithogalum
gifbergense. On the Australian list I had these helpful comments from
Julian Slade when I was trying to sort it out:

"Ornithogalum gifbergense is indeed a valid name recently published, now
into another recently published species, O. ciliiferum. Ornithogalum
ciliiferum is closely related to O. pilosum. Both have a few, rather
boat-like leaves bearing very long hairs. They also flower rather late, in
November and December. The flowers are small, white stars in a very
lax raceme."

I responded: My plant does have small white stars and it bloomed for me
last year from June to September (translated Dec to Mar). But the leaves
are thin, more grass-like than boat-like and they are not hairy so perhaps
it is something else.
He responded:
"I think the plant in question is related to either O. nannodes, O.
juncifolium, or O. graminifolium (or related species). The taxonomy of
these species are quite a mess at the moment."
So who knows, but this one stays evergreen if you water it and blooms
summer, fall, even has a very few blooms right now. So I am not sure how to
classify it. SE?


Ledebouria cooperii-From the summer rainfall area of South Africa. Pretty
green leaves with purplish spots, pink flowers. I think this is very
attractive, but I'm not doing very well with it in my dry summers since it
comes from damp grassland. I wasn't sure when to divide these and this may
be too early (they looked dormant). I sent Dell quite a few of these.

Limited quantities of these:

Oxalis magnifica--These are descendents of bulbs I got from Uli. This was
his description:
"Oxalis magnifica from Oaxaca, Mexico. vigorous and tall plants with
multi-segmented palmate leaves and relatively small pink flowers in bunches
on long stalks well above the foliage. A well grown pot (I have to grow
them in pots) is quite impressive. I strongly recommend pot culture and
great care when repotting because they multiply quickly and may become
weedy in frost  free climates." Note from msi: Summer growing, doesn't seem
to be multiplying as quickly for me as some of the South African species

Oxalis triangularis--Also from Uli. His description: "Or is this my best
Oxalis? Deep purple large trifoliate leaves with a pink centre. The
individual segment is triangular, hence the
name. Beautiful light pink flowers match well with the foliage. The only
Oxalis I can grow as a house plant in good light as it does not etiolate.
Very nice, everbody who sees it wants it. multiplies quickly and can also
be grown in the open garden, leaf colour then becomes almost black, perhaps
better in half shade?" Note from msi: Last year this one bloomed from June
to November

Tritonia disticha--Summer Rainfall Southern African, very robust tall with
orange flowers blooming for me in fall (October this past year)

Mary Sue 

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