Daubenya capensis and appressed leaves

Matt Mattus mmattus@charter.net
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:11:18 PST
Now that I am completely intimidated about both writing and spelling, (child
of the texting culture here), I have a real bulb question:

In 2008 I sowed seed of various Daubenya and Massonia. Each year, the
seedling emerged with long, slender leaves, which were almost
lachenalia-like. This had lead me to believe that the seeds which I received
were miss-identified, and that they might have been Lachenalia.

Now, three years later, one of the pots has a hint of a flower on it (please
see the image on my latest blog post):


Now it appears that these seedlings might indeed be a Daubenya species, and
maybe even Daubenya capensis, as it is labeled. Is this normal? Will the
bulbs mature into more characteristic plants?

My bulb seedlings are growing in a greenhouse in full sun, (albeit in New
England, where winter sun is weak), I will mention that other specimens of
similar bulbs such as Massonia pustulala, M. jasminiflora, and Lachenalia
pusilla are all 'in character', with leaves appressed to the surface of the

Matt Mattus
Worcester, MA
Zone 5b

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