Re: [IGS] Boesmankers


I would definetly say with that translation that you are getting sarcaloun
seeds. You can look at Mesa gardens online catalog for hints on rainsind
them. If you need the url send me a message and I will send it.
-----Original Message-----
From: Mimy Sluiter <manx1@WXS.NL>
To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: Boesmankers


>rhoades, collin wrote:
>> I maybe totally off here but here it goes. Could this possibly be a
>> sarcocaulon instead of a pelargonium. With their ability to go dormant
for
>> more than a year and the resin filled woody stems it just sounds more
like a
>> sarcocaulon. Does anyone know the meaning of boesmankers . I know that
>> sarcocaulons are often called Bushman's torch because they evidently make
>> great fodder for the fire.Do you know if it is a spiny cactus like plant.
>
>I do not know ANYTHING but sure hope you are right!!!!
>My own Sarcocaulon vanderietieae would love some company!!!!
>Mimy Sluiter
>ps: boesmankers is soutafrican for "bush man's candle" (bosjesmankaars
>is the Dutch word)
>Any more clues??? (tho hope you are right Colin!)
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mimy Sluiter <manx1@WXS.NL>
>> To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
>> Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 6:07 AM
>> Subject: Boesmankers
>>
>> >Hello all out there,
>> >I am awaiting some pelargonium seeds by mail from a friend in South
>> >Africa and she told me that next to the stuff she got from the two
>> >botanical gardens she approached for me, also could add seed from a
>> >plant with the south african name of Boesmanskers and wanted to know if
>> >I liked that too.
>> >Of course I did say yes, but I have no idea what it is and since my
>> >friend is not a Pellie-person herself, just a friend who is nice to me,
>> >she does not know either, only knows it grows in the wild outside and is
>> >considered nice. We correspond in Dutch (me) and South-African (she) -
>> >Southafrican is in fact a 17 century Dutch so this is quite funny
>> >writing I can tell you! and this is what she wrote about it:
>> ><< My mother had sent me two packets of seed from the Boesmankers. A
>> >very difficult desert plant. Does not grow easily, also not from seed.
>> >The stem is covered with a solid layer of ??? and this enables it to
>> >survive for years in dry circumstances. She had cut a piece of a plant
>> >she found in Namakwaland and put it in the rock garden as ornamental
>> >plant. Then a piece moved with us to Namibia, Windhoek, where the piece
>> >of wood finally made leaves and went into flower - all in all it took 10
>> >years. The stem must have photosynthised by the brown see through layer
>> >on the stem and also absorbed water from there - it amazes me how it
>> >survived! Since I now have some seeds I can of course add that to your
>> >packages weith pelargoinium seeds >>
>> >So - I hope some one out there familiar with the South African flora can
>> >be of some help and tell me what the latin name is, how I should try to
>> >germinate the seeds and all other info you know!
>> >Thanx in advance for help
>> >Mimy Sluiter
>> >
>



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