Ornithogalum mystery

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 06 May 2010 17:40:50 PDT
Boyce asked,
>This mystery bulb appears to be Ornithogalum nutans but the flowers lack
>the broad green marking on the outside of the tepals. The leaves are
>broad, for an Ornithogalum and relatively flaccid. It has been growing
>in a partially shaded situation for a number of years.
>Are there forms of O. nutans that lack the broad green stripe on the
>outside of the petals?

I don't find mention of any such form, though presumably it is possible.

The only other Ornithogalum I grow here that has pendent flowers is 
O. reverchonii, which does have quite long, broad, flaccid leaves. 
However, it would surprise me very much to find this plant -- which 
is endemic to a small part of the French Riviera -- surviving 
outdoors in Chicago. Its flowers are not as big as those of O. nutans.

Jane McGary

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