more on Hymenocallis

Christine Council
Sun, 25 Apr 2004 20:54:12 PDT
I am new to the group, I can't remember the date I noticed this fine group
of people
on the net.  I am trying to learn identification of the various plants and
would like to have Oxalis (main) bulbs or seeds or what ever.  I have
nothing to
trade but am willing to pay for odd, rare or exotic plants; my love is of
the beautiful, unpredictable Oxalis.  Perhaps it is not unpredictable to
you learned 
folks but so far it has been an experience for me.  I'm looking for the
that resembles a fern. If anyone has information about this unusual plant
please the information it to my attention.

Thanks to all of you who have been unselfish with your knowledge and time;
one day I will know what I am doing. I just love wild flowers or is it that
love me.

Bye all.

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> Date: 4/25/2004 1:42:35 PM
> Subject: [pbs] more on Hymenocallis
> Hi,  
> I owe some of you seeds or bulbs from Texas plants.  I have not
> but am in the middle of a very busy spring and am still tracking down 
> populations from southeast Texas.  
> My early plants have finished blooming (the small form), whereas the
> form plants are just in the middle of their bloom.  If it ever dries out
a bit I 
> plan to do some seed gathering from wild populations.  The most southerly 
> plants that I have (Texas plants) are from Hog Bayou in Calhoun County. 
I don't 
> yet have germplasm from populations north of Cleveland, TX, but hope to
> to Palestine, TX this spring and collect seed.  
> Everything I've found within 100 miles of Houston has a dab of yellow in
> center of the flower, and if I take the time to dig down the bulbs are
> (duck egg-sized), and have dark skins--almost black.  But the populations
> variable in terms of when they bloom, flower size, and overall plant
size.  Some 
> start as early as March 1, whereas other populations don't get going till
> weeks later even though they are situated half a climate zone warmer (9b
> 9a).  
> These southeast Texas plants are quite adaptable.  They are willing to
> in roadside ditches and even tolerate roadside mowing. So, while their
> habitat is slowly going away, I don't think the species will be lost.  
> population near my home is due for extinction soon when a 2-lane road is 
> widened, but perhaps it too can survive here and there in ditches and
manmade low 
> areas.  They do fine in regular gardens but I think they must need
> wetness to successfully reproduce in the wild.  
> I'm still looking for Hymenocallis galvestonensis seeds if anyone has
some to 
> spare this year.  I've never seen that plant in the wild, I guess I just 
> don't know where to look.  
> Cordially,
> Joe, Conroe TX, lots of rain forecast this week
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