Calochortus seeds

diana chapman
Wed, 31 Mar 2004 14:51:34 PST
OK, here goes.

Section Mariposa (which includes Subsections Venusti, Macrocarpi,
Nuttalliani and Gunnisoniani) has light colored seeds.  I can't think of an
exception, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone comes up with one!

Section Eucalochortus (which includes Subsection Pulchelli, Eleganti, Nudi
and Nitidi) can have either dark or light colored seeds, or some variation
in between.  For the most part (but there are exceptions) Subsection
Pulchelli and Eleganti have dark seeds, and Subsection Nudi and Nitidi have
light-colored seeds.

Section Cyclobothra (which includes Subsection Weediani, Ghiesbreghtiani,
Barbati and Purpurei) can be dark or light.  I have no reference that
indicates the color of the seeds in this Section, but I am going from memory
(my own) and, since this section includes most of the Mexican species, I
haven't grown that many of them.

It's odd that Jepson and Ownbey often omit any description of the seed in
Calochortus, and when seed is described as in Ownbey the color is not always

Telos Rare Bulbs.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Diane Whitehead" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 1:27 PM
Subject: [pbs] Calochortus seeds

> I've just sown seven packets of Calochortus seed from the NARGS 2nd round.
> Most seeds were brown, but two (C. splendens and C. longebarbatus)
> were almost white, and I have noticed this before with some
> calochortus.  The white ones germinate, so I don't think they are
> immature.  Does one of the sections typically have light-coloured
> seeds?
> -- 
> Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> maritime zone 8
> cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
> sandy soil
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