John Grimshaw
Sat, 16 Dec 2006 23:51:26 PST
Like Jim McKenney my experience with Sternbergia clusiana comes from bulbs 
imported and sold as S. lutea in the early 80s. Most died out but one bulb 
has persisted without multiplying for probably 25 years. It has a 
distinctive green note to the yellow of the flower - it is not as richly 
yellow as the lutea clan.  This is difficult to see in Jane's photo, with 
the sun streaming through the flower, but is apparent in Brian Whyers pics 
on the wiki.

The leaves of my solitary plant are somewhat glaucous - certainly not green 
like lutea, but not as glaucous as my S. fischeriana. They have a slight 
twist and I believe that this is a character of S. clusiana. It isn't easy 
tobe sure from Jane's photograph, but I don't see why those leaves shouldn't 
fit into the range of variation in S. clusiana (cf the vast variation in 
foliage and flower shapes in the lutea/sicicula complex). In my experience 
S. fischeriana also multiplies quite quickly, so one gets a nice tuft of 
foliage from multiple shoots around the bulb (as visible on John Lonsdale's 
pics on the wiki): Jane's plants do not show this.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

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