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  Unknown Pinellia
From: abri1973 at wp.pl (Marek Argent) on 2008.07.22 at 22:48:40(18219)


I don't even know if it is Pinellia, I have it 2 years and it has never bloomed.
It puts up a leaf in the spring and bulbils on petioles
As the bulbil ripens, the leaf withers.
Does anybody know what could it be?
It is about 20 cm tall (8")


From: hetter at xs4all.nl (Wilbert Hetterscheid) on 2008.07.23 at 07:27:32(18222)
Hi Marek,

It is P. ternata and seeing the leafshape makes me guess this is the purple
flowering form. It should be a very easy plant to flower. Put it in direct
sunlight in your garden (in a pot) when it emerges and you'll have a bigger
flowering plant in no time.


From: botanist at malesiana.com (Peter Boyce) on 2008.07.23 at 10:32:47(18224)
Hi Marek,

Certainly a Pinellia and quite possibly P. ternata but would need to see an nflorescence to be certain.

Very best


From: abri1973 at wp.pl (Marek Argent) on 2008.07.23 at 18:58:32(18227)
Hi Wilbert and Peter,

I have had Pinellia ternata in my garden for many years and it looks quite
and I know it is correctly identified.
The photos in the page are very old and poor quality, but it differs very
much from my new Pinellia
Maybe it is really a variety. My old ternata has broader leaves and dark
spots on them.

Very Best,

From: soukupvg at email.uc.edu (Victor Soukup) on 2008.07.29 at 14:16:43(18283)
It looks like Pinellia tripartita. Wilbert's mention that it
looks like the purple form helps with this man's ID. The leaves are
somewhat narrower but I have had plants show this condition here. It
conceivably might be a hybrid with ternata. WeDu at one time offered a
pedatisecta with one or the other tenata or tripartita so these things do


From: hetter at xs4all.nl (Wilbert Hetterscheid) on 2008.07.30 at 05:11:23(18291)
Dear Vic,

Not to start a race here for the true identity but the leaf IS that of the
purple P. ternata (a colour condition well known in this species in the
wild in China, where this clone also comes from). Also notice the bulbils,
which is a character alien to P. tripartita. The cultivar P. 'Polly Spout'
of WeDu (the possible hybrid of tripartita and pedatisecta) has 5-parted


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