Seemannia nemanthoides

Jim McKenney
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:27:21 PDT
Seemannia nematanthoides is blooming now. 

Last year my plant did not start to bloom until late September, and this year it seems to be on the same schedule. 

Has anyone known it to bloom earlier? 

This one's a keeper for me. It spent last winter in a cold frame without any problems. That makes me think it will survive the winter near the house wall. Ernie in New York has successfully wintered it outside near a wall there, so I think it'a about time to give it a trial here.  

About the name: IPNI gives the species name as nematanthoides and cites nemanthodes as a nomenclatural synonym. If you Google Seemannia nematanthoides, you get no hits; if you Google S. nematanthodes, there are loads of hits. Is this one of those cases where everyone is wrong except the guy in the ivory tower?Or is it a case of the mob playing follow the leader? 

OK, some of you might say that's snarky; is there some other non-snarky explanation? Do I hear anyone saying "lapsus calami"? 
Jim McKenney
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