Adam Fikso irisman@ameritech.net
Fri, 26 Aug 2005 16:58:03 PDT
I have H. eucharidifolia open at the moment with its total of four buds all 
open at once. Extremely fragrant. and noticeable from 5 feet away.  I have 
not yet been able to identify the fragrance as being similar to much of 
anything else, except maybe one of the Stanhopeas.

  None of my other hymenocallises had all buds open at once, usually one at 
a time, in sequence,so that while one was fading and dying, another was 
taking its place-- does anyone know if this is unusual? This specimen is 
pot-grown from a bulb I got from Guy Wrinkle.  I don't know if the bulb is 
maximum size.

  Last year, I had an unidentified Hymenocallis grown outdoors with  11 
buds-- all of which opened in sequence with no more than 2 open at any one 
time.  I have not seen any comment in the literature about the sequence of 
opening nor much about number of flowers , which could  be a somewhat 
reliable and stable taxonomic feature for the field not derivable from 
herbarium specimens.   Comment? 

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