South African Bulbs

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bulborum
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I loved always the African bulbs
but was never able to grow them
Now I have a few poly-tunnels
which I can keep almost free of frost
this gives me lots of possibilities

I think it's a good investment
Lots of fun seeing seedlings growing

Roland

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Beautiful bulbs, Roland!

The Massonia wittebergensis looks very similar to Massonia echinata which is found in Lesotho above 2700 m. Could the one be a synonym of the other? I've never seen it in flower but have some seedlings and a few mature bulbs which will hopefully flower this summer. If you're interested I can check my seed fridge for excess seed.

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

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Hello Jenny

It is possible that they are the same
as far as I know this Massonia wittebergensis
got last year a name
before it was marked as unknown Massonia specie's
seen on the picture in Eastern Cape tour February 2009

there are many collections wrong named
simple because there isn't so much knowledge (same for me)

I would love to swap some seeds

Roland

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Hi Roland, I'll mail you a list of bulb seed tomorrow. I don't have a great variety of rare bulbs but I do have some choice ones from the Lesotho Highlands, a number of which would also occur in the Witteberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape.

There is a photo of M. echinata in Elsa Pooleys book "Mountain Flowers. A Field Guide to the Flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho." (Published in 2003) I'll post a photo from the book tomorrow.

Jenny

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

bulborum
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Fantastic Jenny

Here a picture from the Massonia echinata I have

Roland

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Well, I've finally managed to take a passable photo of what I always thought was Massonia echinata as pictured in Elsa Pooleys book.
 
 

But having looked at your photo of M. echinata, Roland, and checking in Goldblatt, Manning and Snijmans book (The colour encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs) I have to agree that the plant I know from the Lesotho Drakensberg is not echinata but M. wittebergensis.

It's definitely very special!

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

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M. wittebergensis is stunning

The text isn't readable
Maybe you can try to resize the text with Tiny Pick (German and English)
see: http://www.efpage.de/eTinypic.html
as far as I know one of the best free resizing program
compared for the details

Roland

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bulborum wrote:

M. wittebergensis is stunning

The text isn't readable
Maybe you can try to resize the text with Tiny Pick (German and English)
see: http://www.efpage.de/eTinypic.html
as far as I know one of the best free resizing program
compared for the details

Roland

Roland, the text is perfectly legible (readable), when you click on the thumbnail image to enlarge it.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

bulborum
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I found that out later Mark
I tried it but the site didn't respond for the second picture
it did (not fast)with the first picture
just about 10 minutes later it suddenly popped up
No idea why it reacted so late

Roland

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Trond- love the pic of the Gladiolus etc in situ!

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

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