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Author Topic: Ornithogalum nanum  (Read 4258 times)

Tim Murphy

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Ornithogalum nanum
« on: February 06, 2007, 06:46:15 PM »
I bought one of these at the Cyclamen Society show hald at RHS Wisley last Saturday, but I can find no information about it. Ornithogalum nanum is not listed in the RHS encyclopedia and there is very little info on the interweb; most searches lead to an image on the SRGC site.

Is 'nanum' an obsolete name? Or perhaps a new name? Any help would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Ornithogalum nanum
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2007, 06:53:44 PM »
Hi Tim

I have seen this on Jim Almonds website:

http://freespace.virgin.net/celia.almond/Lough02.htm

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Re: Ornithogalum nanum
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 07:18:18 PM »
Hi Tim,
Ornithogalum sibthorpii often grown under the synonym O. nanum. It occurs in Turkey and the Balkan on grassy hillsides over a wide altitude range. I cultivate this very dwarf and easy growing species in the meadow in my garden. It also survives occasional mowing and increases well by seed.
I think I show the pictures a year ago in the old Forum.
Franz Hadacek  Vienna  Austria

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Re: Ornithogalum nanum
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 07:33:35 PM »
Thank you John and Franz for your speedy replies. I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to anything other than hellebores and cyclamen :)

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Re: Ornithogalum nanum
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2007, 07:52:03 PM »
Brian Mathew, in Dwarf Bulbs, says 'O. nanum is very dwarf, up to 5cm when in flower, with many narrowly linear leaves in a basal tuft. Flowers about 1.5cm diameter, white with broad green stripe along each segment, produced in a dense head-like raceme. Wild in Italy and Balkans on grassy hillsides at low altitudes. Possibly only a variant of O. exscapum.'
Martin Baxendale, Gloucestershire, UK.

 


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