Habranthus or Zephyranthes?

GermánRoitman ggroiti@mail.agro.uba.ar
Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:53:16 PDT
Hi Diane:

At 11:45 a.m. 28/07/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>A couple of days ago I noticed a flower on a plant grown from the '97 
>Alpine Garden Society seed exchange.  It is labelled Habranthus 
>gracilifolius.  I checked the photos on the WIKI and my flower didn't 
>match.  I decided I'd photograph it the next day and send in the 
>picture.  Unfortunately, the next day the flower was gone.  Maybe it had 
>been flowering for a few days already when I noticed it. Or do rainlilies 
>only last for one day?

The flowers usually last 3 or more days

>I think it is a Zephyranthes instead of a Habranthus, as the flower 
>pointed straight up.  It was white with pale pink lines.  I've picked 
>apart the soggy flower and think there are 4 stamens.  The flower stem to 
>the ovary is 28 cm (11 inches) and at 21 cm (8 inches) there is a 
>thickening with a shrivelled 2.5 cm sheath above it.  There are two 
>leaves, one 12 cm and the other 18 cm.  They are 2 mm wide.

 From your description, looks like a Zephyranthes but in both cases there 
are 6 stamens, 6 equals or 3 long, 3 shorts in Zephyranthes and in 4 
different longitudes in Habranthus. If you can take a picture of the leaves 
perhaps we can have a better idea.

Best wishes


Ing. Agr. MSc Germán Roitman
Cátedra de Jardinería FAUBA
Av. San Martín 4453. 1417. Buenos Aires
ICQ: 1837762

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