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Problems with Cultivation and Identification: Unknown bulb id.

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Started by: Eric Marsh

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Contribution from Eric Marsh 15 July 2007, 09:35top / bottom of page

Found this growing in theAlpine House. I do not remember planting it where it is flowering and no label.Almost defintiely a bulb. Grass like narrow leaves, just beginning to wither, height about 10 cms, flower about 2 cms across.

Close up of the flower

Contribution from Gary Fisher 22 July 2007, 00:00top / bottom of page
Unknown bulb id. -

From the photo, sizes you've given and what I can see of the staminodia this is probably Brodiaea pallida. Definitely a Brodiaea of some sort.

Contribution from Eric Marsh 22 July 2007, 09:21top / bottom of page

Thank you Gary. Looking at other images of this I think you may well be correct. Wonder where it came from? I did have B. minor many moons ago, before we built the Alpine house, so it well could be that a seed from that survived and has grown to flowering size, but I am not sure this is B. minor, the petals are too broad for that. Thank you once again.

Contribution from Gary Fisher 05 August 2007, 14:55top / bottom of page

Eric, I think you are making the mistake of thinking that Brodiaea pallida = Brodiaea minor. Having grown both from USA botanic gardens they are very different. I think this error has occured because one of the US floras list this as a syn. of B. minor and the RHS plantfinder has followed that. "Bulbs of North America"-Timber Press; gives detailed descriptions of both (which match the plants I've grown)and anyone who's read that and grown them would not think they were the same thing. Very often the RHS is years behind in their names relying on old references and not keeping up with DNA evidence etc.

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