15th August 2015
Fascicularia pitcairnifolia is an old and probably invalid name used for the plant I am currently
calling F. bicolor ssp. . I am happy with that arrangement but then I saw a distinct
plant growing in the greenhouse at Myddleton House in Enfield. In a large clay pot it had formed an upright rosette
about 40 cm tall and from the top it had produced a ball shaped inflorescence on a stalk. It was labelled
F. pitcairnifolia and I didn't have a clone like it. I wanted one and when I saw this at a nursery
I decided I was going to try it.
I don't know if this is going to grow in the same way though it has a similar shaped rosette and a suitable name is beyond me,
so for now this will have to do. As I said, sorry!
24th January 2015
I'm not sure why I have spent time describing the Myddleton House plant when I can show a picture.
Now I look at it again I can see that this has pink flowers, so it is an Ochagavia, another
genus that flirts with taxonomic uncertainty with all the subtlety of an overweight spinster and a male stripper.
I have bought a plant that seems distinct while trying to buy something else altogether.