David Ehrlich
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:00:23 PST
Patty and Mark

  From the information I have been able to gather, the diffence is that N.gracilis has long 'gracile' pedicels -- more than twice the length of the spathes from which they emerge.  The result is that the inflorescence appears lax, whereas that of N.northiana appears crowded.  On the wikiI I have included a digram I received from Mario Peixto, which came originaly from the doctoral thesis of Lindolpbo Capellari Júnior (Taxonomical Revision of the Genus Neomarica Sprague)  (I can refer you to the original document -- in Portuguese, or a key to species, also in Portuguese, or a key from a French Irid society -- in French.)
  (Just below it, if you are interested. are photos of the flowers, but not of the plant's habit, of my N. northiana.)

From: patty allen <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Thu, February 11, 2010 12:40:27 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Neomarica

What are the differences between the Neomarica G. and Neomarica N.? I am growing what I believe to be the gracilis, but I would like to be sure.

-----Original Message-----
>From: David Ehrlich <>
>Sent: Feb 11, 2010 2:31 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Neomarica
>Hi Mark,
>My Neomarica caerulea produced propagules last year which I have not yet removed.  Two have 4 leaves each, about 6" long (but no roots).  I can send you one or both of them if you send me your address.
>I also have many propagules on my N.northiana, which I can also send.
>Are you positive of the identification of your N. gracilis?  I ask this because many people grow N. northiana under the name of N.gracilis.  If you have the genuine species, I'd be interested in propagules of that when you have some.
>David E. 
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