Mystery amaryllid

Jim McKenney
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 06:39:46 PDT
Last fall a friend handed me a bulb of what he described as a Peruvian
daffodil; it was from the garden of a late mutual friend who had extensive
worldwide horticultural contacts. I accepted the bulb in the hope that it
would prove to be the “old original” Peruvian daffodil which is not easy to
locate in commerce these days. 


Now that the plant is up and growing, I have some doubts. The foliage is
distinct in that each leaf has a very prominent central fold which forms a


Just by chance, there is a plant of xAmarcrinum growing nearby, and it too
has a somewhat similar central groove. But the groove effect is not so
prominent in my xAmarcrinum.


If you know the history of xAmarcrinum, you know that the cross which
produced the plants of this name was done independently and successfully
several times. Thus, while all xAmarcrinum make the rounds under the same
name, they are not clonally identical. 


If any of you have seen clonally distinct forms of xAmarcrinum, can you tell
me if there is variation in the development of this central groove in the
foliage? Perhaps my mystery amaryllid is an xAmarcrinum, just not the clone
I currently grow. (And no, my plant has not bloomed yet). 


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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