Amaryllidaceae Book! (Lee Poulsen)

Lee Poulsen
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:27:10 PDT
I’m no botanist. But what I have been doing for the past several years is occasionally dropping not-subtle-at-all hints and comments from time to time on pertinent posts Alan Meerow puts on his Facebook account, that a book like this needs to be written! Initially, Alan would sometimes reply that it wasn’t of enough general interest to sell sufficient quantities for any publishing company, like Timber Press for example, to be interested in publishing it. More recently however, his grumbling replies have been more in the direction that such a book would be so big that it will have to wait until retirement. (So ...!)

We know a handful of people who are South American who have been attempting to get books of this type written and published, especially on the topic of Hippeastrum species. Like many of us, most of them have day jobs that keep them busy, so it takes them longer to make progress. Also, via Facebook, there are starting to be serious and growing groups of native Latin Americans pursuing certain genera/families of bulbous species, collecting and sharing seeds and trying to increase awareness of the rarer species of Latin America, all in Spanish for a change. The Tigridia group especially seems to be flourishing—and it’s almost becoming a Latin American Irids group more than just the Tigridia cultivars and species group it started out as. I would love to ask some of them who are posting photos of things I’ve never seen before to possibly allow their photos to be added to the PBS wiki/encyclopedia. (Like I recently saw photos of a pure yellow Leontochir (Alstroemeria) ovallei taken in the current spectacular flowering of the Atacama Desert this year.)

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

> On Sep 12, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Bruce Schroder <> wrote:
> I was lucky enough to get my copy of the Book late last year being one of a
> number of early subscribers here in Australia and even got my name in print
> for the privilege of doing so.  It has been very well thumbed since!  It
> compliments a number of other books I have on South African bulbs but like
> Lee, I yearn for a comprehensive reference on South American bulbous
> species, particularly Amaryllidaceae.  Unlike the other South African bulb
> books the Amaryllidaceae book compliments, there appears to be nothing at
> all from South or Latin America.
> Seems to me, you have a lot of accumulated knowledge yourself Lee - how
> about it!
> Bruce Schroder, Melbourne, Australia
> _______________________________________________

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

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