Introduction & more

Angelo Porcelli
Sat, 15 Mar 2003 01:56:00 PST
Dear group,

thanks for all the welcome messages I have got.
I have yet to understand how to use properly this board, as it seems to work a bit differently from other boards I use to post. Ok, I will learn soon :)

So I will start to reply to some questions.

To William - here there are 5 forms of Narcissus tazetta found in the old gardens (not a favourite in the new ones !) and they are the Paperwhite (late Nov-early Dec), the tazetta italicus (occasionally found wild too) and the double flowers form (Xmas time) then followed from an hybrid I have yet to ID properly, but said to be and old hybrid tazetta x poeticus (Feb), while now is flowering the Grand Primo.

To all asking for my climate - I live on the sea (near Bari, for the ones familar with Apulia)and min temps in winter can drop to -1°C and sometime even a bit lower (It's 30-27F for US folks). Countryside vegetation is olive tree fields (we are in the heart of Italian olive oil production) and Mediterranean
'macchia'  (Pistacia lentiscus, Phyllirea, Rhamnus, Prunus etc) in the (few) natural areas left.

To Alberto - Apulia has a wide number of geophytes and excluding terrestrial orchids (over 70 taxa, the highest concentration of Europe, but this is not my 'field') all the classic Mediterranean species are present. Still there are some endemic species little known like Iris pseudopumila, Iris bicapitata, Iris revoluta, Crocus thomasii, Arum apulum. Anyway Apulia is a quite long region and ecosystems change significatively from north to south and from sea to inland. This is a long topic and we will have to talk a lot.


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