Schizobasis intricata

Steve Marak
Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:45:09 PDT

I picked up one of these at a cactus and succulent show several years ago 
(I have a similar fascination for such things) and also have found it to 
be easy and undemanding. Frost free, of course, and in my climate (NW 
Arkansas, USA) shaded during mid-day but fairly high light in the morning, 
as long as watering isn't extreme either way it seems quite happy in a 
standard fast-draining mix. Mine seems to be the typical form and not the 
unusual one Dylan mentioned.

It's never gone dormant, even when the days hit 38 C (100 F) outdoors and 
at least 43 C (110 F) in the corner of the greenhouse where the C&S live. 
It flowers frequently and as Roy noted every flower seems to produce seed. 
I've collected some (it is an exercise in patience) to send to the BX; 
I've held off because I wasn't sure how viable it was - you'd think I'd 
have this everywhere by now, with all the seed that's gotten away, but 
only a couple. (Unlike the Anacampseros arachnoides I got at the same time
- similarly self-fertile but every single seed of that germinates. Not a 
bulb, but if anyone wants any I can almost supply wholesale quantities.)


On Tue, 19 Aug 2008, Roy Herold wrote:

> Jim,
> What a coincidence, there was a nice Schizobasis intricatus in *our* 
> cactus and succulent show this past weekend, and it got a blue ribbon. 
> This is an easy bulb to grow, and can be treated similar to boweia. It 
> may or may not go dormant in hot weather--the one in our show did not, 
> but mine did. The flowers are exceedingly self fertile, and each will 
> produce seed without an active pollinator. I would have sent some of 
> mine into the BX, but they always drop before I can collect any.
> --Roy
> James Waddick wrote:
> > 	I confess a mini-obsession - let's call it 'fascination' with 
> > succulent plants.  I was at the local Cactus and Succulent show to 
> > enjoy the variety* when I saw a new plant (many actually). This plant 
> > is Schizobasis intricata a  bulbous Liliaceae superficially similar 
> > to the common Boweia volubilis, but 'more so'.
> > 
> > 	Does any know or grow this plant? Is it difficult to 
> > cultivate? The annual herbaceous growth is even more finely divided 
> > than in Boweia and it seems to bloom easily with tiny white flowers.

-- Steve Marak

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