Kniphofia in South Africa

Max Withers
Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:23:32 PST
I somehow managed to stay out of the the Latin pronunciation
discussion, but I was just looking at my (rapidly dwindling) Kniphofia
'Christmas cheer' and thinking how much it looked like an Aloe. But
what about the other Asphodelaceae? I'd put Bulbinella about halfway
between Aloe and Asphodel.

Max Withers
almost freezing but finally raining
Oakland CA

I cannot resist adding, pace everyone's spam filters, that a Fuschia
truly memorial of Leonhard Fuchs would have to be pronounced FUCK-sia.
I've just discovered that his De historia stirpium commentarii
insignes is available on google books:…

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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:10:49 -0800 (PST)
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Just to stir the pot, I heard a lecture on Aloe by Gideon Smith of the NBI
in Pretoria in which he mentioned in passing that DNA work is showing
Kniphofia should probably be included in Aloe.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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