Agapanthus: A Revision of the Genus by Wim Snoeijer, Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Staff

By Wim Snoeijer, Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Staff

Often called "lilies of the Nile" (though they're local to South Africa), the showy perennials within the genus Agapanthus were avidly amassed and grown considering that they have been chanced on by way of Dutch explorers within the seventeenth century. The few species within the genus were hybridized intensively, yielding hundreds and hundreds of attention-grabbing and dramatic cultivars. regardless of their large acceptance between gardeners, in spite of the fact that, there hasn't ever been a really finished publication at the genus, an oversight that has eventually been corrected through writer Wim Snoeijer, operating in live performance with Holland's Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. With keys and greater than a hundred colour photographs as an reduction to identity, this groundbreaking e-book is one no devotee of those vegetation can have the funds for to be with no.

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Clearly the wild plants of Agapanthus are very variable. Because of this variation it is difficult to recognize species and/or subspecies, as Leighton stated in her monograph. In cultivation too nomenclature is still very confusing, especially given A. umbellatus, an incorrect name that has been used for different species and cultivars. Chapter 4 Classification of the Cultivars The classification of the cultivars proposed by Gillissen (1980) in his little-known report is simple and practical, but sadly no later references use it.

To be established, a new cultivar epithet published on or after 1 January 1959 must be a word or words in a modern language. 11. To be establised, cultivar epithets may not consist solely of common descriptive words in a modern language. 13. To be established on or after 1 January 1959, the botanical, common or vernacular name of any genus or nothogenus . . may not form a new cultivar epithet. 1. In order to be established, an epithet of a taxon of cultivated plants must . . be accompanied either by a description or diagnosis, or by reference to a previously published description or diagnosis.

Inflorescence: 15 cm across, globular. pedicel: pale green flushed with dull purple. 5 cm long, 3 cm across, stamens exserted, anthers violet. illustration: photograph, Warren (1995) and Fulcher (2000). award: PC in 1958; AM in 1977. Agapanthus ‘African Samba’ origin: Japan, known since 2001 when offered by Komoriya Nursery Ltd. peduncle: 50 cm. flower: pale violet-blue. note: details from the Internet [25]. Agapanthus ‘African Sky Blue’ origin: known since 1995, South Africa. peduncle: 40–60 cm.

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