Bill raised the issue of whether the sanguinea, identified as
nertschinskia, in the Hiroshima plant website is really a sibirica. The
answer appears to be no, for the following reasons.
1. the spathe is clearly herbaceous, not dry and papery
2. the seed pod is about 2.5 times longer than it is wide
3. as far as one can see, the leaves are considerably longer than the
4. the spathe appears to have a red tinge
5. there appears to be two terminal buds only
6. the fall seems to be quite large and rounded
All features of sanguinea rather than sibirica.
Whether or not there is branching is very difficult to tell. There
should not be in sanguinea.
Finally, I.sanguinea does occur naturally in Japan and sibirica does
Ian, in Ottawa where it is so late that there is no weather at this