Monday, September 17, 2012

A precious Libyan endemic

Cyclamen rolfsianum has been flowering since late July and appears to have really benefited from the excessive heat, dryness, and numerous sunny days of summer 2012.  This Libyan endemic grows in a narrow strip a log the Mediterranean coast near Benghazi.  I would be surprised if wild-collected material will be available anytime soon.  More info here:

Note the number of flower buds forming near the base of the corm (technically an expanded hypocotyl).  Despite the prolific flowering, I have been unable to induce seed set through hand pollination

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