Checking California bulb species

Robin Hansen via pbs
Sat, 06 Jun 2020 18:41:45 PDT
Wow, Mary Sue! That's some photo of Brodiaea elegans! And always take time (when you have it) to go through detailed explanations as you have done here. As you mention, keying these various bulbs out is very difficult, so additional information is very welcome. I'll go through three or four floras trying to identify a native bulb and become so frustrated because the description in one flora focuses on certain parts of a flower and another flora focuses on other parts, so it's crazy to try and get enough information at times to actually identify a bulb!

That doesn't even take into account the DNA changes, the slowness that some floras have in adapting information other floras have adopted, regional differences and new species that continue to be discovered...oh, and doesn't even mention the basic disagreements between splitters and lumpers. So, the more you add to the wiki, the better we're all able to understand these genera and species. Please, please keep doing this!

Many thanks,

Robin Hansen

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