Moraea polyanthos

Christiaan van Schalkwyk
Sat, 16 May 2009 02:06:38 PDT
Hi Jim, et al

I do not grow any Moraea's, but wondered whether the act of pollination does 
not start the withering and dying of the bloom. This is seen in many 
succulents, especially Mesembs. In the genus Lithops flowers can last up to 
three weeks, if not pollinated, but are dead the next day after pollination. 
The rationale behind it is that one does not have to expend any energy on a 
job completed, and thus the flower does not need to kept going after it has 
been pollinated. Maybe you can try to keep a flower unpollinated (maybe by 
removing the stamen ?) and see whether the flower will last longer.
This would probably not make you more or less fonder of the plant, but could 
be quite a nice and interresting experiment !

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Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 9:21 PM
Subject: [pbs] Moraea polyanthos

> Jim, welcome to "fugacious"=transient, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, 
> passing, shortlived, transitory, etc. Moraea polyanthos is among a good 
> share of moraeas that are fugacious. Blossom lasts from a few hours to one 
> day+. For some, if you miss lunch or dinner all you see is a withered 
> blossom. However, They have survived for centuries by putting on repeat 
> performances for weeks to months to attract their pollinators. M. 
> polyanthos  blooms toward the end of the winter growing moraea season. 
> With maturity it will produce a number of medium sized light blue 
> ?fragrant? blossoms  during late afternoon to evening and will repeat 
> every few days for several weeks. On my personal 5 star ratings I give it 
> 3 stars. It seems to be self pollinating with many seeds and seems to 
> produce underground cormlets as well. You decide if it is worth it. 
> Regards,  Bob
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