Bomarea (Leontochir) ovallei

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:02:27 PST
The rootstock of Leontochir is similar to that of Alstroemeria but the
rhizome connecting the grape-like storage roots is short and very fragile.
These structures find their way to the bottom of pots I have used, mostly
6" or 1gal. These are really too small but it has bloomed previously. Now
they are going to 2gal pots and I anticipate better results. I keep the
pots dry and shaded in summer. In the past I've used about 60% #20 silica
sand, 30-35% pumice and the remainder some organic base. The sand has
breathing hazard issues so I try to stay away from it, but it is great for
certain challenging species.

In habitat L. ovallei does not merely inhabit dry coastal hills but is
concentrated in rocky seasonal stream beds where the deeper roots almost
certainly stay moist in summer dormancy. At the least they remain cool. The
leafy stems are generally prostrate but some may range up through low
shrubs. Its rarity in nature may be overrated since it can be locally
plentiful and is found in more than one locale. It is not so easy to
transplant and the habitat appears to not be under threat from mining, etc.
California also has many very attractive geophytes that are equally
deserving of protection but without an identifiable threat they are not

Dylan Hannon

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