arisaema consanguinem

Roy Herold rrh at GENESIS.NRED.MA.US
Sat Aug 15 02:11:00 CEST 1998

At 6:27 PM -0400 8/14/98, Tony Avent is rumored to have typed:
> One of the bulbs that we collected in
> Dali, China in fall 1996 emerged approximately 10 days ago, and now is in
> full flower (August 14).  Other A. consanguineums in the garden emerged and
> flowered in mid to late June.  This one is a nice silver centered form,
> having formed 5 small plants around the larger bulb, including one 4" from
> the main stalk.  If as Guy suggests this species is non-stoloniferous, does
> it still offset, and why does it emerge so late.

Very, very interesting. I, too, had one of the consanguineum/ciliatum types
we collected in China come up very late. Mine came up about three weeks ago
and is just finishing blooming. The collection number was 10911, which
makes it from the dam above Dali on the way to Lijiang (remember the
prickly pear cacti?) I know Darrell Probst found some silver centered ones
there-- is that where yours is from?

I know I had one or two consang. types come up very late last year, but I
just attributed it to acclimatization. Who knows, maybe this is a weird
late blooming strain/species. No offsets on mine, however, but give it time.

And anybody, PLEASE, is there a simple way to tell consanguineum and
ciliatum apart without getting out the microscope?

Roy Herold
North Reading, MA

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