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Re: Dracunculus canariensis

Howdy All (again),

Thank you Rob for this email (I've responded to you directly as well).  

Now........ The reason I ask all of this is that a Friend of mine purchased
from South Australia a white Dracunculus sold as Canariensis.  She has
spoken with the seller and he says it IS D. canariensis (and is white with
a greenish spadix) and that the lemon yellow one is something else,
something called D. creticum or something like that (she wasn't sure
exactly what he called it).  It is quite possible that he is even on this
list as he collects aroids.  If so, Hello!!!

So...... I'm confused (it doesn't take much).  Are there definitely only
two species?  Are there others that are closely allied (like Helicodicerus
muscivorus used to be D. muscivorus) that may not be Dracunculus but are
something else with similar appearance.

You people are the only reference I have to find out about this, so I hope
no-one minds me asking.  Again I thank Rob for getting back to me.  Any
information will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Lilium, Aroids, plus
just about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

>Hi Paul,
>There are two Dracunculus species. D.vulgaris and D.canariensis.
>D.vulgaris does have a white form that hails from somewhere on Crete. It
>is a beautiful plant and I have been trying for ever to get it. Alas it
>eludes me.
>The word 'Schott' refers to the author (describer) of D.vulgaris and is
>not a species/subspecies/variety name.
>Dracunculus canariensis hails from the Canary Islands and is an elegant
>plant with
>pale green unmottled stems and leaves and a tall sweet scented, pale
>creamy lemon infloresence . In Aus. it grows the same time as
>D.vulgaris...comes up in winter and dies down in December. It should
>grow well in Canberra if you don't get too many of your vicious frosts.
>It grows so easily for me I have always got spares if you fancy some.
>Anybody out there got the white D.vulgaris ?? Name your price !
>       Rob.
>Rob McClure
>Department of Biological Sciences
>Monash University (Clayton Campus)
>Victoria Australia 3800

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