Drimia rotunda (Rhodocodon rotundus) & Malagasy pronunciation (was Razafindratsira)

Tim Harvey zigur@hotmail.com
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 21:17:00 PDT


I have several Rhodocodon sp. from Madagascar, via Massara and other sources. The flowers are remarkably similar, but the plants vastly different in other respects. They thrive with minimal attention, but only seem to flower following a prolonged dry spell over winter.


I have seen several in habitat which were definitely not epiphytes, but classic geophytes growing in semi-arid regions along with Pachypodium and Adenia sp.


I hope that is useful,


> I would love to hear about others' experiences with Madagascar Drimia and
> also anything anyone might now about the conditions of their habitat. I
> read some place that they may behave as epiphytes but it have my doubts. In
> Honolulu these grew very well for me outdoors but needed a dry dormant rest
> in winter. I am now growing them indoors because summers don't get warm
> enough here in this frequently foggy part of Berkeley.
> Jacob Knecht
> Berkeley, California

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