spiraled leaves; was RE: more moraea pictures

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Tue, 05 Jul 2005 14:32:27 PDT
After reading Bob's account, I had to take a look at the wiki images of
Moraea tortillis (Microsoft Word corrected tortillis to tortillas; I had to
laugh - it's not even a South Amarican species). 

Beautiful as the flowers are, it was the spiraled leaves which really got my

These of course reminded me of the images of Gethyllis on the wiki. Until I
joined this list, I had never seen pictures of Gethyllis (much less live
plants) or most Moraea. 

Keep them coming! These are fascinating and beautiful.

With respect to the spiraled foliage: has anyone proposed a plausible
explanation for the adaptive significance of spiraled foliage? And do the
Moraea and Gethyllis with spiraled foliage come from the same general areas?

Jim McKenney

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