[GreatLakesBulbs] RE: Phycella or R.........

John Bryan johnbryan@worldnet.att.net
Fri, 03 Jan 2003 09:39:12 PST
Dear Cathy: 
Phycella bicolor has flowers up to 9 flowers in an umbel, with segments some 2 inches in length, yellowish green at the base bright red above. Foliage strap shaped, with blunt tips, tapering towards the base. P. colonum is similar, but foliage is shorter and narrower. Flowers tubular flaring only at the tips, deep red with yellowish base. not as pendant as P. bicolor, lower lobes not as recurved as the upper. P. phycelloides has leaves some 12 inches long, narrow somewhat glaucous, flowers 3 inches long bright red with hint of yellow at the base. P. scartatina flowers scarlet faintley suffused with yellow, especially at the base. Upper segments somewhat recurved, lower are not. Stamens unequal, style not as long as the stamens. All of these species are somewhat similar, and I would not be surprised that when this genus is looked at closely certain species may be considered to be the same, perhaps with geographic variation. In my 2nd edition I give more information than in the 1st edition, (hint you might need to obtain the 2nd edition!!) I hope this helps a little, rushing off to my daughters country home, Dad has to prune the fruit trees!and plant some bulbs. 

Cheers, John E. Bryan

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