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  Re: Dracunculus vulgaris
From: Martyn Denney <martyn at denney.demon.co.uk> on 1997.10.01 at 13:29:53(1361)
In message , "James W.
Waddick" writes
>Dear Aroid-L and International Bulb Society (address deleted)
> There has been a few comments on the International Bulb Society
>email robin about the foliage patterns of Dracunculus vulgaris. I hope
>both Aroid -L and the International Bulb Society can shed some light on
>foliage patterns in this species. Can anyone comment?
> Is the amount of white/silver in the foliage
> - genetically stable or variable?
> - related to geographic origin?
> - found in specific patterns?
> - associated with named forms?
> - coorelated with spathe colors?
>I quote:
> Some "Dracunculus vulgaris have green leaves or are ... marked with
>white/silver. Which is "typical"?
> J. Waddick
> "Both plain green and silver-streaked leaves are typical of
>Dracunculus vulgaris; the degree of streaking varies quite a lot and some
>clones are very well marked indeed.
> I believe that I'm right in saying that most Dracunculus in
>commerce (at least in the past) have been wild collected and therefore the
>cultivated stock is very variable, unlike the grim uniformity of most bulbs
>propagated commercially.
> J. Grimshaw
> Thanks for input Jim Waddick
I believe it is also true that the division between plain leaves and
streaking is at least partly geographic.
All the forms I have seen in Crete have been streaked - no plain leaves
at all, whilst on Rhodes I recall plenty of plain leaved plants but none
with streaked leaves.
Martyn Denney
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