Chilean name for Tecophilaea cyanocrocus

Lee Poulsen
Sat, 06 Jan 2007 22:20:20 PST
On Jan 6, 2007, at 1:09 PM, Jim McKenney wrote:
> Can anyone tell me the Chilean name for Tecophilaea cyanocrocus? A  
> friend of
> a friend is from Chile, and I thought it would be interesting to  
> see if she
> had ever heard of it.

Furthermore, even though it has been found again, I asked Osmani  
Baullosa if he was planning to eventually offer seeds of it since he  
seems to be finding and offering seeds of so many other Chilean  
natives, including Tecophilaea violiflora that Jane mentioned, and  
which was much longer in coming into my collection than T.  
cyanocrocus. He told me that it was completely unavailable  
commercially in Chile and that he had been saving money from his seed  
sales to one day purchase a single bulb of each of the three main  
varieties and attempt to import them. (So I sent him seeds of each  
variety, which he says have germinated for him earlier last year, and  
I've set aside a couple of bulbs of each type to send him after they  
become dormant again.) (I offered them too late for him to attempt  
switching hemispheres last summer.) US$15-25 per bulb, not counting  
shipping and importation costs, is pretty outrageous for Chileans.  
(And I'd say it's quite steep even for most people in the First World  
too, unless they're crazy bulb people. But the color sure is amazing.)

Bottom line, I'd be surprised if anyone in Chile these days, other  
than some botanists or hobbyists, knows of it by its scientific name,  
let alone the common name it had back before it became "extinct".  
Just my guess.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA, USDA Zone 10a

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