Mystery Bulb

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:42:00 PST
It is really difficult to keep up with all the taxonomic changes. But 
the latest (to my knowledge) from Manning and Goldblatt as stated on the 
wiki (and in text):

In a "A molecular phylogeny and a revised classification of 
Ornithogaloideae (Hyacinthaceae) based on an analysis of four plastid 
DNA regions" written by John C. Manning, FĂ©lix Forest, Dion S. Devey, 
Michael F. Fay & Peter Goldblatt in TAXON 58 (1), February 2009: 1-107, 
this subject is again addressed. Three clades are identified. Clade A is 
recognized as the genus Albuca with a well-defined green or brownish 
median longitudinal band on the outer surface of each tepal and a 
concentration of 3-5 veins along the midline. Clade B comprises the 
genera Dipcadi and Pseudogaltonia. Clade C is the genus Ornithogalum and 
includes Galtonia and Neopatersonia, these genera have uniformly colored 
tepals with at the most a narrow or indistinct darker band without the 
veins. This means that species that were previously considered to belong 
in Ornithogalum are now included in Albuca and vice versa."

I get a little confused with this when there remain a few species of 
Ornithogalum that seem to have a green or brown median longitudinal 
band. The bulb is very different from the photo of Ornithogalum 
juncifolium bulb on the wiki if that bulb photo is of that species. I 
suspect since there are so many species that it is difficult to figure 
them out for sure. I tried to figure out some photos we took in 
Namaqualand and John Manning told me you often have to dig the bulb up 
to know for sure.

Mary Sue

On 12/4/2018 6:21 PM, Mike Rummerfield wrote:
> Mary Sue,
> The bulb you posted is curious.
> Admittedly I'm a novice, and this is a wild guess, but could this possibly
> be an *Ornithogalum*? -* juncifolium*, perhaps.
> It also seems to me that if Tim is right, Ornithogalum is more likely to be
> a weed in the Northeast than an Albuca.
> That said - I haven't a clue.
> Mike
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