Mark BROWN brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 01:57:49 PST
Aaron I have an album on facebook of the chinese species.


I can collect more odoratum from the Mont Ventoux and other sites in the Alpes too if you like next year?
I hope to be going back next summer.
I am very fond of 'Ramosissimum' because it, like the 'Branching' bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), shows how reduction has given rise to so many of our treasured geophytes present morphology.Occasionally Galanthus do slightly "branch" too 'Mrs Thompson' is a cultivar that can do this and my own selection 'Satelite' also has a "branching" second or third shoot that gives extra flowers.

" Multiflorum seems common and a little bit variable across its broad range. The Caucasus forms are the most variable, but I have only 2. From France eastward to Hungary I have about 16 forms due to the generosity and kindness of a friend. The one area I would like to see it most is from Sicily. Those plants were considered a distinct species for a while.
>  "Ramosissimum" is strange in being self-fertile whereas the typical multiflorum is not. Not sure if the seedlings come true. "Multifide" is the same plant -- I have them both.
>  Send me an image of the Chinese plant; that's where all the excitement is!
>  Aaron

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