Scilla, Ledebouria and Unknown

John Bryan
Mon, 08 Mar 2004 09:12:01 PST
Dear Michael

No doubt others have replied to your question, but Ledebouria were
seperated from Scilla partly on the basis of their distribution and
partly because most of them have leaves that are spotted or striped red
or purple. Cheers John E. Bryan wrote:
> Greetings All
> I have this little quandry about Scilla and Ledebouria.  How different in
> floral structure are they?  After seeing L. galpinii, L. socialis, L. revoluta,
> L. ovatifolia floral structures, the difference is becoming a cloudy to me.
> Any good papers on the topic?  How about Flintoff or Slade?  Gentlemen, do you
> have any suggestions?
> Also, I'm trying to key a small unknown from Africa.  It came to me through
> Mike Massara and he was unsure of its ID.  It is definitely Hyacinthaceae.
> >From there, he thought it may be Drimia, Drimiopsis... something like that.  It
> is very small, bulb 2cm diameter, Bowiea-like translucence and tunic, leaves 3
> cm long/ 2mm wide, ciliate margins, infloresense ~16 cm, many flowered (>30)
> raceme, pedicle 6-8 mm, each flower subtended by a distinct bract which is
> slightly shorter than the pedicle at flowering (although it sheaths each flower on
> the infloresence initially). [At this point I wish I had a digital camera...
> I seem to be working on the thousand words part of the saying...]  Flowers,
> white, all parts in 6, outer tepals blush slightly pink (underside), green
> keels.
> I'm still waiting for it to open.  It bloomed last summer and now again under
> artificial lighting.  If I could get it into a genus at this point, I'd be
> (somewhat) content.  Whatever it is, it is a great little miniature pot plant.
> Easy care - good drainage, lots of light and its happy.  It may be a bit
> stretchy due to the artificial lighting system.  If it produces seed, I'll be sure
> to get it around.
> Be well and best growing
> Michael Loos
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