Mystery Lycoris (...paging Jim Waddick...) -other?

Lee Poulsen
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:52:38 PDT
Paul Tyerman guessed and Alberto Castillo confirmed that it is 
Habranthus estensis. How it got into that pot I guess I'll never know. 
I have a smaller pot of seedling H. estensis that have flowered. But 
they had much smaller and shorter scape stems and only one flower per 
scape and smaller flowers that didn't open as widely as this mystery 
flower. Thanks for everyone's help.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

On Aug 26, 2004, at 6:20 PM, Eugene Zielinski wrote:
> I finally took a look at Lee's mystery bulb.  I can't offer any idea 
> of its
> ID, but I can ramble.
> When I saw the first picture, I thought "Habranthus."  Then I saw the
> second picture and threw that possibility out, since Habranthus 
> wouldn't
> produce more than one flower to a stem.  I thought "Crinum, maybe?"  
> But it
> doesn't really look like a Crinum -- no floral tube, and the stigma 
> doesn't
> look right.
> One possibility is the pink form of Rhodophiala bifida (var. 
> spathacea.)
> Whatever it is, it's a beautiful plant.  Let's hope it multiplies and
> divides.
> Eugene Zielinski
> Augusta, GA

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