Moraea bellendenii?

Marilyn Pekasky
Tue, 23 May 2006 22:50:17 PDT
I might finally be able to answer a question!!  At the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden we had a similar flower which needed to be identified a few weeks ago.  With many emails back and forth, Mary Sue and I determined that ours was Moraea pendula, for which both PBS and IBS has good pictures of the flower.  Mary Sue also wondered whether or not it might be Moraea reflexa, which she found in one of her field guides.  I wrote Peter Goldblatt and asked him since he's the expert, and he replied as follows: 
    " I suspect your plant will be Moraea pendula. What color are the anthers? Uusaly red in that species, always yellow in M. refelxa. Moraea pendula will [not] be in Cape Bulbs because that species does not occur in the Cape area, but a short distance outside it....How many leaves -- just one in M. reflexa, about three in M. pendula."
  Anthers were in fact red, and it had three leaves, so it's M. pendula.  Hope this helps!
  Marilyn Pekasky

Diane Whitehead <> wrote:
  I saw a tall spotted yellow Moraea blooming in a Seattle garden two 
weeks ago. The petals swept back like a cyclamen. Could it be 
Moraea bellendenii ? There are two pictures of this in the wiki, but 
the petals are not recurved.

Diane Whitehead Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil
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