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From Narcissus Division Nine on Friday 24th of September 2021 05:00:55 PM PDT
Narcissus 'Felindre' is a late blooming poeticus. Photos taken April 2007 by Jay Yourch.
Narcissus 'Felindre', Jay YourchNarcissus 'Felindre' Profile, Jay Yourch

From Colchicum Species One on Thursday 23rd of September 2021 05:15:49 PM PDT
Colchicum autumnale L. is an early fall blooming species with small pink-purplish flowers that is a common meadow plant in Europe. Photo 1 was taken by John Lonsdale. Photos 2-4 were taken by Nhu Nguyen at the UC Botanical Garden, photos 5-6 by Martin Bohnet show a white specimen in habitat and the seeds in May, both on the Swabian Jura.
Colchicum autumnale, John LonsdaleColchicum autumnale, Nhu NguyenColchicum autumnale, Nhu NguyenColchicum autumnale, Nhu NguyenColchicum autumnale white form in habitat, Martin BohnetColchicum autumnale seedstand, Martin Bohnet
Colchicum autumnale 'Album' is a white cultivar. Photo by John Lonsdale
Colchicum autumnale 'Album', John Lonsdale
Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum' is a double white garden selection. Photo by Arnold Trachtenberg
Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum', Arnold Trachtenberg
Colchicum autumnale 'Pleniflorum' is a double pink variety. Photos by Janos Agoston
Colchicum autumnale 'Pleniflorum', Janos AgostonColchicum autumnale 'Pleniflorum', Janos Agoston

From Massonia on Wednesday 22nd of September 2021 09:01:58 PM PDT
Massonia wittebergensis U.Müll.-Doblies & D.Müll.-Doblies was described in 2010. The name is derived from a record made by the Drège brothers on the southern slopes of the Witteberg (near the present town of Lady Grey) at an altitude of 7000-8000 ft (2000-2400 m) in January 1833. The species has subsequently been found at other high altitude localites in the Southern Drakensberg, such as Naude's Nek and Ben Macdhui. Together with Massonia saniensis, they are the two only summer flowering Massonia, with peak flowering in December and going dormant in winter in habitat. According to the description it is the only species with "a very characteristic indumentum on the upperside of the leaves of laterally compressed bristles of 0.6 up to 1.0 mm in length which are often curved and sometimes forked, and bearing on the rounded top protruding cells".
The first two photos from Cameron McMaster were taken January 2008 of plants growing in gravel pockets above Tiffendell on the way up to the summit of Ben Macdhui.
Massonia wittebergensis, Tiffendell, Cameron McMasterMassonia wittebergensis, Tiffendell, Cameron McMaster
The photos below were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner at Naude's Nek. A small coin in one of the photos gives a good idea of how small these plants are and another shows the gravelly habitat.
Massonia wittebergensis, Naude's Nek, Bob RutemoellerMassonia wittebergensis, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue IttnerMassonia wittebergensis, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue IttnerMassonia wittebergensis, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue IttnerMassonia wittebergensis, Naude's Nek, Mary Sue Ittner
The photos below were taken by Uluwehi Knecht of plants in cultivation.
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From Mandirola on Tuesday 21st of September 2021 05:30:10 PM PDT
Mandirola ichthyostoma is the most common species of the genus in cultivation. The species epithet translates to "fish's mouth". It prefers to grow in moist conditions, and some people grow the plants with part of the root system submerged in a tray of water. It produces tiny little scaly rhizomes. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen of plants grown by a member of the San Francisco Gesneriad society.
Mandirola ichthyostoma, Nhu NguyenMandirola ichthyostoma, Nhu Nguyen

From Spring Blooming Crocus on Monday 20th of September 2021 06:32:25 PM PDT
Crocus alatavicus Regel & Semen. grows in mountain meadows in the former Soviet central Asian countries and eastern China, making it the most easterly Crocus, according to Brian Mathew. Photos by John Lonsdale.
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From Simpliglottis on Sunday 19th of September 2021 05:30:01 PM PDT
Simpliglottis valida , syn. Chiloglottis valida, or the large Bird orchid is found in moist slopes and gullies in forests in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. It has two ground hugging green leaves and a greenish to purplish flower about 3.5 cm. across. It is supposed to resemble a small bird with its beak open waiting to be fed. Photos were taken near Menzies Creek, Australia October 2007 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.
Simpliglottis valida, Bob RutemoellerSimpliglottis valida, Mary Sue IttnerSimpliglottis valida, Mary Sue Ittner

From Mediterranean Ornithogalum on Saturday 18th of September 2021 08:21:17 PM PDT
Ornithogalum trichophyllum Boiss. is native to the Eastern Mediterranean including Cyprus. It is easily recognized by the filiform leaves and roundish white petals that have a hint of silvery/grey reflection. It grows in semi-desert and desert conditions, blooming February-March. First photo was taken in south west Jordan by Oron Peri. Second photo of a curly-leaved form by Gideon Pisanty.
Ornithogalum trichophyllum, Oron PeriOrnithogalum trichophyllum with curled leaves, Gideon Pisanty

From Spiranthes on Friday 17th of September 2021 06:42:38 PM PDT
Spiranthes australis (R.Br.) Lindl, syn. Spiranthes sinensis subsp. australis (R.Br.) Kitam. is the only species the occurs in Australia. Some sources are still including it as a subspecies of another species found in Europe and Asia, but most authorities in Australia consider it a separate species. Commonly known as Austral Ladies' Tresses or the Pink Spiral Orchid, it is widespread and common and found in many states in Australia occurring in moist to wet soils in swamps, marshes, near streams and in sub-alpine grasslands at elevations of 20 to 450 meters. It flowers from spring through summer and grows from 20 to 45 cm (10 to 18") high. Growing from long tubers, plants have three to five grassy leaves and scented light pink to deep pink flowers with a white labellum with curled, fringed or toothed margins. The flowers wind in a spiral ribbon around the stem to form a sinuous, corkscrew spike up the slender green stem. Photos from Andrew Harvie.
Spiranthes australis, Andrew HarvieSpiranthes australis, Andrew Harvie

From Hyacinthoides on Thursday 16th of September 2021 09:38:59 PM PDT
Hyacinthoides × massartiana is a hybrid of H. hispanica and H. non-scripta and is the common garden 'bluebell'. They will spread themselves and often have to be weeded out. From seed to flower takes about three years.They are available in white, shades of pink and purple and blue. Photos David Pilling.
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The first photo is of a seed pod and seeds (the coin is 22 mm in diameter); the second is of shoots appearing at the end of November 2012 in North West England; the third shows a complete plant on the 22nd of February 2015, the ruler is marked in inches.
Hyacinthoides hybrid seed, David PillingHyacinthoides hybrid, David PillingHyacinthoides hybrid, 22nd February 2015, David Pilling

From Chiloglottis on Wednesday 15th of September 2021 06:15:37 PM PDT
Chiloglottis valida or the large Bird orchid has been segregated to Simpliglottis and is known as Simpliglottis valida. It is found in moist slopes and gullies in forests in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. It has two ground hugging green leaves and a greenish to purplish flower about 3.5 cm. across. It is supposed to resemble a small bird with its beak open waiting to be fed. Photos were taken near Menzies Creek, Australia October 2007 by Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner.
Chiloglottis valida, Bob RutemoellerChiloglottis valida, Mary Sue IttnerChiloglottis valida, Mary Sue Ittner

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