Mystery Plant Identification

Thu, 12 May 2011 09:02:09 PDT
Dear Elaine,

The bulb you have described and posted in the Mystery Bulb section looks
rather like Rohdea japonica.  An image of the species is shown at This rhizomatous plant is considered by
Buddhists a sacred lily. It is also called Nippon Lily, and is found in
southwest China and in Japan. 

San Diego

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 On Behalf Of E Padovani
Subject: [pbs] Mystery Plant Identification

Bulb Experts - After assuming ownership of a 45 year old garden on the coast
in Waldport, Oregon, we discovered some unusual bulbs growing under debris
in a raised bed.  They were transplanted to a well-drained sunny location in
sandy soil over a septic drain field.  The leaves are lanceolate, finely
barbed on the margins, opposite, 6 to 8 inches long, and appear to be
evergreen even after our tough winter.  The bloom stalk is unlike anything I
have ever seen before.  It reminds me somewhat of a Protea.   The flowering
structure is about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide, composed of bracts in a
tight "fibonacci" patterned whorl; the reproductive parts appear to be
emerging at the top of this structure (see…).

Any information you might provide about this oddity would be greatly

Thank you!  Elaine

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