New Moraea pictures from Bob Werra

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 22 Mar 2005 10:15:46 PST
Dear All,

Bob Werra has sent me some CDs of pictures he has taken, most of them 
recently, of some of the flowers in his collection. Most of the pictures 
are of Moraeas, Romuleas, and Gladiolus, but there are some pictures he 
took at the Jepson Prairie of Fritillaria liliaceae and some other 
California Fritillaria species as well. As I have time I will be downsizing 
them and adding them to the wiki. I split up the Moraea pages 
alphabetically as we do want people to find the pictures and the first lot 
I'm announcing are N-Z. Bob has some nice close-ups and I've often included 
a picture of the pot that shows the flowers in relation to the leaves. On 
the link below look for his very nice picture of Moraea thomasiae, Moraea 
tricolor (which I have tried over and over again from seed, purchased bulbs 
and am probably on Tony Avent's three tries and you are out), and Moraea 
tulbaghensis. The close up of that is quite nice even if he admitted to 
cheating a bit. He has sent me some very nice pictures of M. neopavonia, 
now considered to be included in M. tulbaghensis by Manning and Goldblatt 
and illustrated on our wiki by Lyn Edwards. A lot of people still keep the 
old name on their tags since the two are a bit different. I'll add pictures 
of them later.…

I think this means we can look forward to adding to our Calochortus wiki 
page this summer as Bob grows a lot of them too. How many Calochortus 
venustus pictures do you suppose is too many? That's a rhetorical question 
for those of us who thrill to all the different variations of that species 
just as the fans of Galanthus do to those white and green/yellow flowers.

Mary Sue

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