Bellonia Tabrizianus

Paul Tyerman
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 04:59:32 PST
At 01:40  12/03/04 +0100, you wrote:
>I wrote a few days ago trying to check whether anyone would be interested in
>seeds from Bellonia Tabrizianus. I havent heard anything from anyone yet.
>Anyway, wanted to give you another chance. If I dont hear anything, I WILL
>NOT pollinate it. I do not enjoy stressing my plants if it´s not necessary.
>However, It´s a great plant, and quite rare, I think. It is interesting in
>having jumped between genera ( namely Muscari, Hyacinthus, Bellonia...). Its
>endemic to Tabriz, Iran, or so I´ve heard. It would warm my heart if it was
>seen more often in cultivation. I still cant guarantee that I will succeed
>wth the pollination though, becouse Ive never tried before:)


I'm sending this to the list rather than privately in case anyone else can
shed light on it...... the only references I can find (plant-wise) on
google tell me that Bellonia is a member of gesneriaceae, something I would
never have thought could possibly have been included in Muscari or
Hyacinthus.  Given large flat furred leaves etc, it just doesn't strike me
as even remotely likely to be jumping between Muscari and Hyacinthus?

Does this mean that there are 2 plant genus' called Bellonia (which I don't
think should be the case?), or is the spelling something close to that but
not quite the same?  I had never heard of the genus which is why I thought
I'd look it up and see what it was like, but I don't think what I found
(such as Bellonia spinosa) are what is being talked about above. ????


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about
anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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