Fritillaria 2012

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Tony Willis
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deesen wrote:

Odd really Ron, I'd never thought of you as a fabled winged horse with dragon scales ;D

Fire breathing as well David!

Frit davidii now seems quite well established in cultivation with flowering plants being shown.

I bought a bulb named as F. delavayi last January from China and it is clearly davidii. It was covered in rice grain bulbils which I took off. No growth occurred this year either on the parent bulb or the off sets but now this autumn they are in full growth as is another clone given me by a friend. None of my other frits are showing although root growth is visible through the bottom of the pots. Slugs just love the new growth on this species

Longma
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Tony wrote:

It was covered in rice grain bulbils which I took off.

A good pointer Tony, for anyone receiving Fritillaria bulbs from China. If the bulb has these 'rice grains' then it can only be F.davidii, F.dagana, F. camschatcensis or F.maximowiczii. All but F.davidii are stoloniferous species ( only partly true in F.camschatcensis however, depending upon region ).
Good to hear that you have them established now. You must have quite a few if you removed all of the rice grains,  ;D ;)
I'll be looking to exchange some pollen in the spring time  ;)

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

Longma
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Can anyone please help me track down the natural pollinators of the members of the subgenus Liliorhiza?

F.recurva and F.gentneri have Hummingbirds recorded in various articles. Is there a specific one species of bird? Can anyone verify this by personal observation please?

I know many NARGS members like to get out into the wilds, and enjoy the beautiful countryside of the West Coast. If anyone has any observations of insects on Fritillaria flowers ( something as simple as a bee or a fly etc. are perfectly OK ) I would dearly love to hear your observations / experiences.  :)
Records for these seem very sparse in the written record ( at least that I can find ). Any pointers in this direction would also be most welcome.

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

Longma
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Thank you so much to those NARGS Forum members who have contacted me suggesting that this, Annas Hummingbird, is the pollinator of F.recurva and F. gentneri,  8) 8)

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Annas_Hummingbird/id

A most beautiful bird and that song is most unusual.  8) 8)

Love them to pop into my greenhouses to visit my flowers in Spring 2013  :o :o :o :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Thank you to all those members who passed on this information to me,  :)

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

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