Nerine sarniensis and Guernsey

Jim McKenney
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 11:30:26 PST
A local friend and I have been emailing back and forth this morning on the
subject of Nerine culture. This was prompted by her mention of another
friend who grows Nerine. 


One outcome of this was my being given a link to Nerine on the PlantzAfrica
site, in particular to an article written by Graham Duncan. In that article,
Duncan casts doubt on the story that Nerine sarniensis was introduced to
Guernsey as flotsam (or was it as jetsam?) in the mid-seventeenth century.
Here's the link to the article.…


Does anyone know what the evidence is for this doubt? 


The reason I'm asking is that I know that the story of the shipwreck and the
Nerine has been told since at least the last decades of the seventeenth
century. In other words, the story dates at least from the period  about
thirty years after the actual shipwreck event, from a time when it seems
reasonable to assume there were still those who remembered the events in



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