[PBS] Crinum versus the bulldozers........

steven hart hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Sun, 04 Sep 2011 19:39:52 PDT
Hi Alberto

Crinum Venosum is an Australian Native, smaller in stature than many
crinums, with a thin leaf. One local South East Queensland discovery was
made about, 100km or so west of me, when it was being investigated as a
possible Crinum Flacceedum sighting. What a lovely surprise & i bet i'm the
only person who ever found them in wivenhoe dam, they were in incredibly
thick scrub areas far from any civilization....& really off the beaten
track, completely protected by Mount Glorious on one side & cut off by
grazing properties on the other. I prefer to keep locations secret because
of intense poaching of seeds & bulbs. But now that i'm older i would speak
up if i thought populations would ever be disturbed again by development....
It is very similar to its cousin, with beautiful but simple white fragrant
flower, not as strong as flacceedum in fragrance. The petals are more
rigid sharp to the tip like a double edge dagger, unlike Flacceedum which
has quite a good parabolic curvature to outer edge of the petal & a slight
back turned more rounded tip. They both flower from the bace & produce
occasional offsets at random if they have a happy season. The flower is
quite open star shaped & upright, unlike the yellow Crinum F Luteolum from
Western Australia, which is slightly more bell shaped. The pollinating parts
of Venosum flower are less prominent. Seeds are large & random & never in
profusion. Habitat crosses over for Flac & Veno & they could be easily be
mistaken to the untrained eye. They have a shorter lass robust leaf than
Flaceedum & are slower growing too.

Natural habitat is usually dry creek beds in aluveal sandy loam soils but
they will tollerate many soils if they have to. Super drought tolerant, but
can easily stand good rain too. Super hardy & live in areas that can receive
super hot wet summers & very cold but not so long frosted winters. I dont
have frost so mine grow almost all year, only becoming dormant for a very
short couple of weeks or so sometimes.

I will Wiki list these all soon as i can, hope you enjoyed the info....
On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 6:04 PM, Alberto Castillo

> Which species is Crinum venosum?

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