Pancratium maritimum

Adam Fikso
Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:11:43 PST
OK, Jim. "Close"  for me and for you are different animals, I was using the 
word quite loosely. I agree with you, having read the abstract of Alan 
Meerow.  It's closer than canna, or iris, though.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J.E. Shields" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Pancratium maritimum

Hi Adam and all,

Adam, I hate to burst your bubble, but Pancratium and Hymenocallis are not
particularly closely related.

Hymenocallis is in the American Clade of Amaryllidaceae, related more
closely to Hippeastrum, Ismene, and Griffinia than to Pancratium.

Pancratium is in the Eurasian Clade, most closely related (by DNA) to
Sternbergia and more closely related to Narcissus, Lycoris, and  Galanthus
than to any American amaryllid.

Be prepared to use in vitro embryo rescue to grow any seeds resulting from
crossing Hymenocallis and Pancratium.  Or at least don't say I didn't warn 

A DNA Phylogenetic Tree is on my web site at…
adapted from Alan Meerow's 1999 paper.

Best regards,
Jim Shields

At 05:15 PM 3/8/2010 -0600, you wrote:
>Pancratium and Hymenocallis are closely allied even though they are  very
>different in terms of growing requirements and tolerances.  It's what
>fascinates me about the prospect of a hybrid between P. maritimum and H.
>occidentalis which (the latter) I gow here in my 5a gardenn with basically
>minimal  protection.  Has tolerated 2 years of a dip to - 5° (2 nights each

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