[IBSMEMBERS] Crinum minimum in bloom tonight!

Alani Davis alanidae@gmail.com
Wed, 23 May 2012 07:18:14 PDT
Very nice!

On May 23, 2012 12:51 AM, "Jacob Knecht" <jacobknecht@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> My partner Nhu Nguyen and I wanted to share this happy event with other
> bulb aficionados:
> This rare desert gem opened it's flower a few hours ago and is currently
> emitting a powerful, fresh, pleasant scent, not unlike that of Brugmansia
> suaveolens.  The flower will close by tomorrow morning.  There is a slight
> chance it may try to re-open the following night, but in my experience this
> species' 2nd showing is not as spectacular with a weaker form and
> fragrance.  This is the third consecutive blooming from this bulb in three
> years.  What a treat!
> Crinum minimum is the smallest Crinum species in South Africa and is at
> least one of the smallest in the world.  I actually think that it is indeed
> the smallest, but if there is one smaller I hope someone will point it out
> to me.  Leaves 6-10cm long and 1-2mm wide with entire margins emerge from
> this petite bulb.  This species has singular adaptations, entirely unique
> among SA Crinum.  It inhabits hot and dry places that have prolonged
> droughts where the only rain arrives via erratic thunderstorms which can
> occur from Oct to April (Northwest Province).  The leaves behave in the
> manner of  Ammocharis coranica, dying back if it is too dry but returning
> in the same season when more water is available.  Also this species will
> remain completely dormant and never grow leaves unless rainfall is
> sufficient, skipping consecutive years.┬╣
> ┬╣Craib C. 1997. Crinum minimum: One of South Africa's Most Unusual Bulbous
> Plants. Herbertia 52: 101-108.
> Check out these pictures, taken moments ago:
> http://flickr.com/photos/morabeza79/…
> http://flickr.com/photos/morabeza79/…
> To keep up with my botanical blogging, bookmark my flickr :)  I also just
> started a tumblr <http://phyto-porno.tumblr.com/> for those who are into
> that.
> Aloha,
> Jacob
> Berkeley, California
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