FW: Glads from Georgia

Boyce Tankersley btankers@chicagobotanic.org
Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:33:49 PST
Hi Dell:


The taxa we received are:

Gladiolus kotschyanus Boiss. Four corms from the region/state of Samtskhe-Javakheti grown in the Bakuriani Alpine Botanic Garden. This is in the Lesser Caucasus, 1,800 meters elevation straddling the mountainous ridge that divides the moist western maritime from the dry eastern continental climates. Chipmunks have consumed all of these.


Gladiolus tenuis M. Bieb. 428 seeds originally (fewer germinated and we only have 3 corms remaining - tissue culture is under consideration) from the state/region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti collected near Kazbegi. This is in the high mountains of the Greater Caucasus. These are currently in plug trays under the TLC of our plant propagator.


Also under TLC of our propagator from Jim Shields donations we have:

Gladiolus caucasicus, 318 corms

Gladiolus illyricus 3 corms

Gladiolus imbricatus 1 corm

Gladiolus italicus ssp. bornetii 2 corms

Gladiolus oppositiflorus ssp. salmoneus 2 corms


Boyce Tankersley

Director of Living Plant Documentation

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

tel: 847-835-6841

fax: 847-835-1635

email: btankers@chicagobotanic.org

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Dell Sherk
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 12:35 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: [pbs] FW: Glads from Georgia


Hmmm. Maybe species names like "byzantinus" and "italicus" should have been

a tip off.


I still would like to know how they got there and if there are still any

species in between, geographically.






-----Original Message-----

From: Dell Sherk [mailto:dells@voicenet.com] 

Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 1:15 PM

To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'

Subject: RE: [pbs] Glads from Georgia




Boyce wrote:

"We have some wild collected Gladiolus taxa from Republic of Georgia but

the corms (from seed) have not gotten large enough to test them

outdoors. Then, of course, we have a bumper crop of chipmunks that seen

to prefer bulbs of know wild origin - which is another reason they

haven't gone out yet."


I am amazed to find out that there are Gladiolus spp native to Rep of

Georgia. I don't remember your telling us about them in your presentation in

Chicago on Georgian flora, but I miss a lot. I'll have to do some

investigation. I am aware that some irids (romulea, e.g.) have species

native to South Africa and again to the Mediterranean area. But there are no

longer, I think, any romuleas in between. Georgia is a long way from South

Africa. Are there any gladiolus species native to areas in between? I think

this subject of bio-geography, or whatever it's called, is fascinating. It

reveals hints about climate changes and continental drift.



 in SE PA where we are having a nasty, cold and windy day, though it is

sunny. March sure did come in like a lion this year. Crocus ancyrensis,

chrysanthus cvs, and some others, Eranthis hyemalis, and Galanthus elwesii

are in bloom but not happy. Où sont les neiges d'antan?











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