Lycoris squamigera in bloom here in Maryland

J.E. Shields
Sat, 06 Aug 2005 07:48:16 PDT
Hi Jim McK, and all,

Get a copy of the Chinese paper (in English) on Lycoris species from Jim 
Waddick, if Jim W. still has any left.  Since the hybrid origin is not all 
that clear (as far as I can recall -- wait for someone to do DNA) I suspect 
that the only properly published name is squamigera.

In any case, it seems that new species arise by hybridization in 
nature.  Since L. squamigera is reproductively isolated from other Lycoris 
species including, I presume, both its original parents, it is probably a 
good species anyway.  Hybrid origin per se would not disqualify it; 
reticulate evolution in action.  I think there are parthenogenic 
(apomictic) species of Zephyranthes (rain lilies) that are considered good 
species botanically.

I don't have bloom size squamigera planted here, but I have one scape each 
showing on LL. sprengeri, chinensis, and longituba.  More should be popping 
up any day now.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 10:27 AM 8/6/2005 -0400, Jim McK. wrote:
>Lycoris squamigera is starting to bloom now here in zone 7 Maryland.
>Can anyone tell us what the correct name for this plant would be according
>to the rules? I don't think we can use Lycoris squamigera, because it was
>published as rank species. Does a combination exist for plants of the
>parentage assumed for what we call Lycoris squamigera?
>Jim McKenney

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