Ipomoea pandurata... 2nd attempt

David Ehrlich idavide@sbcglobal.net
Sun, 05 Nov 2006 09:53:33 PST
I always assumed that the various bulb societies were really devoted to geophytes, not just bulbous plants.  But, maybe my interpretation is too broad.  In reference to fleshy rooted plants, most societies include Clivia as "grist for the mill".

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Subject: Re: [pbs] Ipomoea pandurata... 2nd attempt

On 4 Nov 06, at 16:25, rdjenkins wrote:

> Guess this is really a bit OT, the tuberous pandurata root not being
> exactly a bulb......?

I'm not privy to Mary Sue's inmost thoughts, but it's easy to imagine 
that she's happy with a fairly broad-brush interpretation of the word 
bulb, so that rhizomatous, tuberous, and cormous plants are all grist 
for the mill.

There was a spate of messages about peonies some time back, but I 
felt that was stepping beyond the pale; a fleshy root system alone 
doesn't qualify for discussion here -- in my books!

You might think of it this way, that the word "bulb" in PBS means 
bulb in the everyday common or garden sense, not the narrower 
technical sense.

Myself, I'm fascinated to read of these tuberous morning glories 
native to the eastern US.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island
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