Wiki additions -- Massonia, Haemanthus, Dietes, Chamaescilla

Bracey Tiede
Fri, 28 Dec 2007 08:57:38 PST
Mary Sue,

Please don't stop announcing the Wiki additions.  I look forward to seeing
them and learning more about what plants I should next covet. 

San Jose

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On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 8:30 AM
Subject: [pbs] Wiki additions -- Massonia, Haemanthus, Dietes, Chamaescilla


I'm never sure if I should keep announcing wiki additions since I almost 
never get any feedback to know if anyone does more than delete the post. So 
perhaps people who care should write me privately and I could just have a 
short list I could send an announcement to. I know some of the others who 
add pictures have stopped telling people about their additions for the same 

I just added some more Massonia pictures to the wiki. I also looked up the 
key in the Cape Encyclopedia and see that it is the stamens that are the 
distinguishing factors in telling the species apart. Massonia depressa has 
anthers that are more than 2mm. M. pygmaea besides being smaller has 
filaments of two lengths. Massonia pustulata has filaments longer than 10 
mm (to 24mm.) and Massonia echinata 10 mm or less. So it looks like you 
need to measure to be sure of what you have. I went out and looked at my M. 
depressa and the anthers really are bigger. You can't see these subtle 
differences in pictures. Photos added: Massonia depressa from Cameron 
McMaster, Massonia echinata from Alan Horstmann (an unusual color) and 
pustulate, Massonia jasminiflora from me and now blooming, Massonia 
pustulata being pollinated (sorry these pictures aren't clearer, I had very 
little time to get a tripod or even be sure of my settings, but was 
fascinated watching the pollinator go from anther to anther), Massonia 
pustulata from Cameron, and finally Massonia pygmaea from Alan.…

I also added a few more Haemanthus pictures a couple of days ago. The first 
is of a hybrid I believe. Doug Westfall sent me seed of H. albiflos and one 
of the seedlings was distinctly different.…
And I added pictures of H. pauculifolius now blooming for awhile in my 
greenhouse. I obtained this from Telos a number of years ago, but this is 
the first time it has bloomed and I quite like it.…

I also added a picture of an additional Dietes  species that we saw in the 
Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. This species, Dietes robinsoniana, is 
native to Cape Howe Island, an island off Australia. I added an additional 
picture from Alan Horstmann of Dietes bicolor at the same time.…

Finally about a week ago I added a wiki page for Chamaescilla…
This is an Australian genus with blue flowers. It's a charming little plant 
we saw a number of times when we visited in September. It is not in the 
Hyacinth family, but in the Anthericaceae family along with some other 
Australian plants with the unusual root system that annually grows tuberous 
roots from a cormlike stem. This family has been included in Agavaceae or 
optionally Asparagaceae by APG II. Since Hyacinthaceae is also optionally 
included in Asparagaceae that is one way genera with blue flowers that have 
scilla in the name can be together.

Mary Sue

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