Hyacinth variation

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Hyacinth variation

Post by RB » Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:46 pm

I only ever found these in white in one location. The plant also seemed much more robust than the normal violet type, but maybe it was the better soil.
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Post by wolf » Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:52 pm

RB - that surely nust be bellevalia romana ( roman hyacinth ) quite a rare thing and only found on a couple of clay slopes - good find

it is also indigenous by the way so we should treat this species with care

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Post by IL-PINE » Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:53 pm

agreed

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:14 am

When it was in flower RB/Wolf ? This is one plant to profile on the site this season.

RB: have you also found it at Wied Isqof ?
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Post by RB » Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:37 am

It was in flower in March, and yes it was in clay limits of Chadwick Lakes.

In fact a lot of it was in a cultivated field so the bulbs must be well shaken, and stirred ;-)

See, you guys must take up mountain biking, hehehe, it's the best way to find rarities like the occasional Barlia ;-)

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Post by wolf » Sat Oct 07, 2006 1:06 pm

RB - you can spot barlia from an aeroplane....when you spot papocci ta malta from a mountain bike kellimna !!!

just kidding

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Post by IL-PINE » Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:23 pm

Heh, I don't know how to ride a bike, let alone mountain bikes!

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Post by wolf » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:54 am

I used to ride very often - I think once I even cycled over 80km in a day to the detriment of my very lower back.......it is tremendous fun ( not the pain in the a** though )
Unfortunately I dropped the bike almost immediately when I decided to start driving at the ripe old age of 38......

you shud try it once Pine

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:30 pm

Do you confirm 'my' Bellevalia romana pls? I never seen one so hope I found it.
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Post by robcar » Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:12 pm

It is not B. romana - looks like Muscari commosum

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Post by RB » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:56 pm

Yes just wait a while and the violet tassels will show, muscari.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:10 am

Yes, I agree. The lack of upper florets fooled me, and I had always seen this as deep violet in colour. It was in complete shade under trees.

I have this bad habit to rush with instinct on the forum rather doing a bit of research. (=sorry=) Haslam keys says that a constriction at the mouth of the flower = Muscari.
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Post by MWP admin » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:30 pm

Today I have seen a population of Bellevalia romana and I confirm that my photo is not Bellevalia. Once you have seen both, it is difficult to mix them. Bellevalia has a dark violet-blue peduncle, white flowers (no violet) and prefers a clay soil type. Anthers have a nice blue-indigo colour.
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Post by RB » Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:43 am

Did you find these in the same loc as I suggested and had pointed out to you, or somewhere else?

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:54 am

Yes, clays north of Chadwick lakes. Not much, but easily encountered
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Post by RB » Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:21 pm

Thankful they are still there, if I remember correctly half of them were in an actively cultivated field.

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