South African Bulbs

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bulborum
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Nice collection Fermi
here they hardly flower in the garden
I think it's to cold in the summer
They are potted now in the poly-tunnel
much warmer in the summer
maybe that works

Roland

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Fermi
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Hi Roland,
they certainly seem to appreciate being hot, dry and in full sun throughout the summer here - even though I don't! ;D
The other South African bulb doing well is Crossyne flava, which I'd already posted on the SRGC Forum,
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

RickR
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Beautiful in bud, but kinda homely in flower...

Does it perfume the air?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Fermi
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RickR wrote:

Beautiful in bud, but kinda homely in flower...

Does it perfume the air?

Not that I've noticed, Rick.
They are more spectacular in seed - the pedicels elongate till the seed-head is the size of a soccer ball. Then the stem snaps off and it becomes a "tumble-weed" - and nearly every seed seems to be fertile! I've taken to collecting the seedhead before it becomes detached from the ground but there are already seedlings scattered around that I'll have to dig out at some stage. :-\
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

bulborum
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They look a little like Allium christophii for me
just the leaves are much more attractive
It wouldn't wonder me if the Crossyne flava could be a weed in Australia
be careful with this plant

Roland

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RickR
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Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Hadn't heard of Crossyne before, a split off from Boophone (a genus name I am familiar with, fun to say).

The Pacific Bulb Society had a good page on the genus, with several species and a range of good photos.
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Crossyne

It is said about Crossyne, were previously thought to be species of Boophone, they differ from that genus in capsules and seeds.  Back to that nagging question about criteria separating genera, such as berries versus dry capsules in Gaultheria/Pernettya, and same distinction in Actaea/Cimicifuga, it seems that different criteria, and levels of criteria, are applied depending on genus being looked at.

Crossyne/Boophone; fascinating plants.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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cohan
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Flowering now- Drimia platyphylla, I think? grown indoors year round..
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=1142.new#new

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Fermi
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More plants from the South:
Brunsvigia gregaria
Nerine fothergila Major (some now consider it part of the N. sarniensis complex)
Crossyne flava in seed!
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

RickR
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Wow!  that certainly is vibrant color on the Nerine!

The scape seems a bit shorter than most Nerines?
How tall is it?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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