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Fascicularia pitcairnifolia

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.