Hirsute Haemanthus coccineus leaves

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 17 Nov 2007 05:39:37 PST
Hi Jacob and all,

I have some young Haemanthus coccineus seedlings that have hirsute and 
partially hirsute leaves.  Since they are from my own seeds, I know the 
parents.  The parents have smooth leaves but some hairs along the leaf 
margins in some cases.  I would guess that the hirsute character is limited 
to the juvenile stages of H. coccineus.  That does not prove that your 
seedlings are pure coccineus, however.  It just allows for the possibility.

A cross between H. humilis hirsutus and H. coccineus produced leaves with 
some hairs on both leaf surfaces, as well as narrow red margins on the leaves.

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 08:50 PM 11/16/2007 -0800, you wrote:
>Aloha bulb friends,
>I have some seedlings that were bought as seeds under
>the name Haemanthus coccineus. They are very fuzzy on
>both sides.
>I have grown many forms of this species and I realise
>that it covers a wide geographical range and also has
>considerable morphological variation, but I have never
>seen any with any fuzz whatsoever.  Perhaps they just
>have the fuzz when in a juvenile stage or do I have
>something that isn't really H. coccineus?
>Is anyone out there growing Haemanthus coccineus that
>have hirsute leaves?
>Thanks for the advice in advance.
>Jacob Knecht
>Honolulu, Hawai`i

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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