New photos and questions

Jane McGary
Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:46:38 PST
Regarding the identity of the plant on the wiki as…

Harold Koopowitz wrote that it appeared to be Narcissus rupicola:
"Both species are quite variable with regards, size of plant, leaves, size 
of flower, height and time of flowering.I have examined both species in 
Spain.  N. cuatrecasasii has three stamens sticking into the corona and 
there are three in the tube. In N. rupicola all six stamens are in the 
tube. In N. rupicola the opening to the tube is restricted, in N. 
cuatrecasasii it is wider. N. rupicola often has a pronouncedly scalloped 
and shallower, flatter corona like your flowers show, while in the other 
the corona is more of an acorn-cup shape. One definite way to tell is to 
remove the flower sheath. N. rupicola has amost no pedicel = stalk between 
the ovary and flower stem, while N. cuatrecasasii has a pedicel about 1 cm 
long. Check yours out and let me know."

This morning I did that. There are 8 flowers in the pot of seedlings, some 
of which are identical clones, since it has been repotted since originally 
being grown from seed. Two of the 8 flowers have almost no pedicel. One has 
an 8 mm pedicel, and the rest have pedicels from 4 to 6 mm long. None have 
exserted stamens and all have flaring, scalloped coronas. All of them have 
an angle at the point where the tube opens, rather than flaring gradually, 
but in no case is the tube constricted at this point.

Does this mean that these plants represent hybridizing (possibly in the 
supplier's collection, even though the seed was supplied with a collector's 
number)? What should I call this pot of narcissi? How about "Tall N. 
rupicola hybrids"? It's so different from any others I have that I want to 
keep it.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon. USA

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