question about Sternbergia

Rodger Whitlock
Thu, 18 Sep 2003 02:25:30 PDT
On 14 Sep 03 at 21:45, Marguerite English wrote:

> Not too long ago, a message on one of the plant lists to which I
> belong identified Sternbergia lutea as Crocus sternbergia lutea.   I
> thought Sternbergia is an Amaryllid and not an Iridaceae.   Was that
> message leading me astray, or has Sternbergia really changed its
> information?

To say a sternbergia is a crocus is complete b.s. I am willing to bet 
that the person asserting this nonsense was very definite about it: 
it seems like it's always the folks who don't know very much that are 
absolutely positive about what they know.

Newbies: get a basic book on botany or plant identification, and
bone up a little on how the various families differ. Among bulbs,
the three families Iridaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Liliaceae account
for a pretty large chunk of what we grow, and you will be a better
gardener once you've learned to distinguish them.

In particular, each of these families has at least one well known
crocus-like genus. In the Iridaceae, Crocus and Romulea; in the
Amaryllidaceae, Sternbergia; and in the Liliaceae, Colchicum. It's 
worth your while studying these from the point of view of family 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"To co-work is human,
to cow-ork, bovine."

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