Seeking photos of Merendera/Colchicum for PBS wiki

Jane McGary
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:49:44 PST
I doubt that many people will be able to provide the requested photos 
with much accuracy. (The well-known, easily grown Merendera montana is 
an exception.) Colchicum and Merendera have been so much merged, split, 
redescribed, and newly named in recent years that much of what we are 
growing probably doesn't match current taxonomic descriptions in name. 
Add to this the difficulty of identifying the smaller, winter- and 
spring-flowering species in the field, and the fact that much cultivated 
material has been received as wild-collected seed unidentified as to 
species, and the gardens and alpine houses of enthusiasts are full of 
mysteries of the Colchicaceae. I have at least five of them in flower 
today under overhead cover, and at least one kind in the bulb lawn, and 
I saw about three last spring in the Caucasus and Anatolia. The latter 
were growing as snowmelt plants, often in otherwise bare soil on the 
banks of seasonal streams.

Soon, probably around mid-February, some of those Colchicum/M. seeds 
will germinate, with several "species" sown in different years popping 
up within ten days. Another mystery.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

On 1/22/2016 6:23 AM, Travis O wrote:
> Hello,
> I am seeking to find photos of Merendera (or according to Persson et al. 2011, Colchicum) to use on the PBS wiki. I seek photos of flowers of the following species:
> Merendera eichleri (Colchicum eichleri)
> Merendera jolantae (Colchicum robustum)
> Merendera mirzoevae (Colchicum mirzoevae)
> Merendera montana (Colchicum montanum)
> Merendera raddeana (Colchicum raddeanum)
> There may be a few more that I'm missing.

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