Tigridia mortonii

Dennis Szeszko dszeszko@gmail.com
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:57:30 PDT
I was the person who "rediscovered" Tigridia mortonii about ten years ago.
It had not been collected since the type of the species was herborized by
George Hinton in 1934.  I can count on one hand, the number of people that
I know who have been to the type locality and have been fortunate enough to
see the plant in person.  It is quite rare and endemic.  Also, the locality
is in a very hazardous place that is overrun by drug cartels now so access
to the site to collect bulbs or seeds is impossible.  I mention all of this
only because the chances of anybody coming across seeds or bulbs of this
species for sale is extremely low, and anybody peddling bulbs of Tigridia
with this specific epithet is either misinformed or they are knowingly
defrauding their customers.

Tigridia mortonii can be differentiated by its flowers in that they are
smaller in size than those of T. pavonia and the coloration is
crimson-purple versus scarlet-red (although T. pavonia is quite variable in
its coloration).  The plants of T. mortonii are much shorter and the leaves
are very narrow and almost filiform. In contrast, the plants of T. pavonia
are much larger (taller) and the leaves can be very wide.  Lastly, the
flowering periods are quite distinct in that T. mortonii flowers at the
beginning of the rainy season (May in Mexico) even before the leaves have
fully developed, whereas T. pavonia flowers at the height of the rainy
season (July-September).

I thought that I had posted my pictures of this taxon to the wiki, but
apparently I never did.  I will do so in the next few days.
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