Cyrtanthus mackenii ssp. cooperi
Archive entry 07.02.16
3rd May 2009
This is the yellow flowered subspecies. I should probably have grown it from seed, but I actually bought the bulbs from Forde Abbey nursery.
3rd June 2011
25th February 2016
The taxonomy of the species has been confused over the last few decades. This plant came to me as C. m. var. cooperi.
In 2007 D. A Snijman redefined the variability within the species and concluded that plants traditionally grown as "var. cooperi"
were actually part of the variation within C. mackenii ssp. mackenii and not included in the new
definition of C. mackenii ssp. cooperi. The distinctions are currently too subtle for me to determine. My plant seems
to have characters that fall in both camps (semi-evergreen, occasionally recurved tepals) so I am retaining the name with the proviso that it could all be hogwash.