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Fascicularia bicolor ssp. canaliculata soft leaves

21st December 2016

As if there wasn't enough taxonomic insanity among the Fascicularia, I have started paying attention to the difference between the various clones in cultivation. It doesn't make things easier but it is interesting.
This plant came from Bob Brown at Cotswold Garden Flowers, and he had a batch that had distinctive soft leaves. Usually the plant is uncomfortably prickly but this one was almost cuddleable.
It may be a new strain, or it may be the result of micropropagation or growing conditions. Whatever the reason it was soft when I bought it and it has stayed soft as it has got bigger.