[IBSMEMBERS] Moraea moggii

David Ehrlich idavide@sbcglobal.net
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:25:04 PDT
From: Len Lehman
    Does anyone have a picture of Moraea moggii? Tried looking in the books Cape Bulbs and Flowers of the Cape but neither book lists it. Also any hints on how to germinate Moraea seeds. I know that many iris species require a 2 cycle form of cold, wet, hot dry to germinate but do Moraeas follow the same cycle? Also what about using liquid or powered smoke? Thanks.
No photos, but I have the following descriptions: 
From Bulbs by JohnE.Bryan, Timber Press:
South Africa, (Eastern Cape, Northern ProvinceMpumalanga).  Stems to 24 in., flowers bright yellow, cream, or white with purple veins on outer tepals, late summer (December – May in the wild).  Subsp.albescens is white, sometimes yellow, later flowering.
From SwazilandFloraWebsite– (Compton’s Flora of Swaziland):
Tall, handsome, up to 1 m. high.  Leaves one – few, erect at base, arching over above, c. 1 m. long x 1 – 1.5 cm. broad, strongly ribbed.  Flower protruding well above bracts, yellow, outer segments up to 7 cm. long x 3 cm. wide, inner up to 6 cm. long x 1.5 cm. wide; style-branches 4 cm. long, forked half-way into two narrow tapering lobes.
As to germinating the seeeds, some Moraea seeds have germinated for me as soon as they hit the soil, and others which have remained obdurate for longer than I have been able to wait.  But I think you are on the right tack when you suggest they need the right conditions such as warm-cold-warm, etc.
David Ehrlich

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