Oxalis melanosticta

David Victor davidxvictor@btinternet.com
Sun, 16 Jul 2006 10:11:03 PDT
Hi there everyone,

I think that I can throw some light on this subject.  Around five 
years ago I had a long conversation with Allan Robinson, who used to 
be in the Alpine Department at RHS Wisley.  Both of us were 
interested in Oxalis and had some doubts over the naming of this well 
known plant, which had wobbled around over the years.  Mike Grant, 
who was then the botanist in the Wisley Herbarium and is now the 
Editor of The Plantsman, was brought into the conversation in the 
hope that he could determine its correct name.  I laboriously typed 
typed out the description in my copy of Salter's monograph and 
e-mailed it to him.  He then confirmed it to be O. melanosticta Sond.

Incidentally, the flower colour can vary from bright yellow to cream 
and I believe the cultivar 'Ken Aslet' to refer to the bright yellow 
form that is common in cultivation in the UK, though I don't know 
where it was first published.

Best regards,
David Victor 

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