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From Narcissus Species Six on Tuesday 16th of April 2024 05:14:08 PM PDT
Narcissus serotinus. 2a(iii). N. serotinus is a white flowered Autumn flowering species native to much of Mediterranean coast, including islands, and coastal Morocco. It has also been reported as extending inland to southeastern Portugal and southwestern Spain. Reaching a height of five inches, the flowers are characterized by bright white, cuspidate, sometimes twisted or slightly reflexed tepals and a minuscule dark orange cup less than a tenth of an inch wide. The leaves appear after flowering. N. serotinus is sweetly scented and blooms in the vicinity of other Autumnal geophytes such as Colchicum filifolium, Prospero autumnale, and N. cavanillesii. Mathew noted that some botanists have identified varieties in this species, but he said they are doubtful. Usually carries one flower but sometimes two, or even three. The first three photos were taken in habitat by Angelo Porcelli in Apulia, Italy. Shlomit Heymann took photos 4 and 5 blooming late October in habitat in Israel.

Narcissus serotinus, Angelo PorcelliNarcissus serotinus, Angelo PorcelliNarcissus serotinus, Angelo PorcelliNarcissus serotinus, Shlomit HeymannNarcissus serotinus, Shlomit Heymann

From Beauverdia on Monday 15th of April 2024 05:38:36 PM PDT
Beauverdia dialystemon (Guagl.) Sassone & Guagl., comb. nov., syn. Ipheion dialystemon Guagl., Nothoscordum dialystemon (Guagl.) Crosa

Nothoscordum dialystemon, Mary Sue Ittner

From Drimia Species on Sunday 14th of April 2024 05:42:33 PM PDT
Drimia uniflora J.C.Manning & Goldblatt, syn. Litanthus pusillus Harv., is found in rock outcrops from Namaqualand to Zimbabwe. It is a small plant, perhaps the smallest of all bulbs growing only 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) tall. The leaves are solitary (occasionally two), linear, and are often dry at flowering. The flowers are nodding white to pale pink, often with some markings on the tepals. In the wild it blooms November to March (May-September in the northern hemisphere). The flowers seem self fertile. The seeds are not hard to germinate, but growing seedlings can be a challenge. Since the seeds are so tiny and dust-like, the seedlings are also tiny. They must be sown near the surface of a well-drained medium, but one that does not contain any sizable pieces of material. These larger pieces of the seedling mix (larger than 2 mm) can block sunlight and impede development in the tiny seedlings. Sow the seeds in spring and allow them to grow throughout the warm season. They may or may not go dormant in the first year. Grow the tiny mature bulbs in a well-drained mix, but more on the organic side. Give the bulbs plenty of water during the growing season because in habitat they occur in moist soils. Allow the bulbs to dry out during their winter dormancy. Photographs #1 and 2 were taken by Cameron McMaster in the Eastern Cape in November and January. The third photo from Mary Sue Ittner was taken at Glen Avon. This tiny plant was growing on a rock and something had uncovered the bulbs.

Drimia uniflora, syn. Litanthus pusillus, Cameron McMasterDrimia uniflora, syn. Litanthus pusillus, Glen Avon, Cameron McMasterDrimia uniflora, syn. Litanthus pusillus, Glen Avon, Mary Sue Ittner

The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen of his bulbs showing various aspects of the plant.

Drimia uniflora, Nhu NguyenDrimia uniflora, Nhu NguyenDrimia uniflora, Nhu NguyenDrimia uniflora, Nhu NguyenDrimia uniflora, Nhu Nguyen

From Spetaea on Saturday 13th of April 2024 05:57:22 PM PDT
Spetaea lachenaliiflora Wetschnig & Pfosser is endemic to the southwestern mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa, and was previously included in what is now known as Merwilla plumbea. It is only found in a limited area: in Bains Kloof, du Toits kloof and with one sighting on Dasklip pass on the way to Groot Winterhoek wilderness area. It is readily distinguished from the other three genera by its tunicated bulb, succulent foliage with smooth margins, and campanulate flowers with exserted stamens and style. Photos were taken by Bernhard Frauenknecht December 2023.

Spetaea lachenaliiflora, Bernhard FrauenknechtSpetaea lachenaliiflora, Bernhard Frauenknecht

From Weldenia on Friday 12th of April 2024 05:55:00 PM PDT
Weldenia candida grows at very high altitudes (over 3000 meters) in coniferous forests and should be considered a subject for the alpine house. The plant flowers at the same time as the rosette of leaves is emerging from the ground with the first rains of summer. Several pure white flowers are produced simultaneously which distinguishes this plant from most other members of the Commelinaceae family which tend to have blue flowers. The plant grows very deep and in cultivation the plant should be grown in a pot that it 3-4 times as deep as it is wide. An ideal potting mix is sandy and acidic with lots of composted organic material. Interestingly, the original type specimen and description by Count Karwinsky was based on a plant found on the slopes of the Nevado de Toluca volcano in Mexico. This photograph of the plant in flower was taken in its natural habitat at the same location. The first photo was taken by: Dennis Szeszko. The second was taken by Bill Dijk who wrote: "this plant flowered late spring early summer bearing a succession of upright, cup-shaped, pure white flowers for many weeks, with many buds opening almost daily. Keep dry autumn to late winter."

Weldenia candida, Dennis SzeszkoWeldenia candida, Bill Dijk

From Johnsonia on Thursday 11th of April 2024 05:54:26 PM PDT
Johnsonia teretifolia is a species of southwestern Western Australia known as the pink hooded Lily. It is found in forest and heaths near swamps. Plants are from 40 to 60 cm tall with hanging pink to purple flowers on a spike 5-6 cm long by 1-2 cm wide. Leaves are flat and oblong, growing at the base of the plant. Flowers are initially erect and then spreading or pendent. This species is found between the Stirling Ranges and Albany. Photographs taken in Western Australia near Albany and the Kalgan River by Mary Sue Ittner.

Johnsonia teretifolia, Mary Sue IttnerJohnsonia teretifolia, Mary Sue Ittner

From Ungernia on Wednesday 10th of April 2024 06:00:11 PM PDT
Ungernia sp. (possibly Ungernia oligostroma) from Tadjikistan. Photo by Jim Waddick.

Ungernia bulbs, Jim Waddick

From Tapeinochilos on Tuesday 9th of April 2024 06:00:13 PM PDT
Tapeinochilos ananassae is also known as the Indonesian Wax Ginger and is native from Malaysia to Queensland, Australia. It grows to about 8' (2.5 m) tall. Photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen at the Lyon Arboretum, Hawai`i, USA.

Tapeinochilos ananassae, Nhu NguyenTapeinochilos ananassae, Nhu NguyenTapeinochilos ananassae, Nhu Nguyen

From Dilatris on Monday 8th of April 2024 05:44:10 PM PDT
Dilatris corymbosa P.J.Bergius is found on damp sandy slopes and flats in the Western Cape. It is often seen after fire in the Western Cape mountains. Growing 40-60 cm high, it flowers from August to January. The flowers are mauve in a flat-topped cluster with hairy lanceolate tepals. Stamens are about as long as the tepals and the large anther more than twice as long as the smaller. The first four photos from iNaturalist were taken by Tony Rebelo in November in the Western Cape and shared under aCC BY-SA license. The last photo of the flowers with monkey beetles was taken by Bernhard Frauenknecht at Bains Kloof December 2023.

Dilatris corymbosa, Tony Rebelo, iNaturalist, CC BY-SADilatris corymbosa, Tony Rebelo, iNaturalist, CC BY-SADilatris corymbosa, Tony Rebelo, iNaturalist, CC BY-SADilatris corymbosa, Tony Rebelo, iNaturalist, CC BY-SADilatris corymbosa, Tony Rebelo, iNaturalist, CC BY-SADilatris corymbosa, Bernhard Frauenknecht, Bains Kloof

From Lachenalia Species Six on Sunday 7th of April 2024 06:09:25 PM PDT
Lachenalia suaveolens (W.F.Barker) G.D.Duncan, syn. Lachenalia elegans var. suaveolens, is distributed from the Bokkeveld Plateau to the southern Tanqua Karoo. Growing from 16 to 40 cm with 1 or 2 lanceolate leaves, it has spreading light to deep pink to purple flowers without pedicels with dark maroon markings and recurved apices on the lower tepals with narrow, bright white margins. It flowers September to October; flowers have a carnation scent. It is allied to Lachenalia membranacea, but that species has light yellow to greenish-yellow or rarely light blue outer tepals and light greenish-yellow or white inner tepals and spreading leaves. Since Lachenalia elegans has been split into four different species, we cannot be sure, but believe that these photos are this species. The first two photos by Bob Rutemoeller and Alan Horstmann. Photos 3-5 were taken by Mary Sue Ittner near Nieuwoudtville September 2006. The last photo was taken by Cameron McMaster September 2011.

Lachenalia suaveolens, Bob RutemoellerLachenalia suaveolens, Alan HorstmannLachenalia suaveolens, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia suaveolens, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia suaveolens, Nieuwoudtville, Mary Sue IttnerLachenalia suaveolens, Nieuwoudtville, Cameron McMaster
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