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Can anyone help identify this bulb?

Postby womble » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:00 pm

At least, I think it is a bulb!

There are a few growing in our lawn, and I've noticed them growing locally en mass on verges and in a few gardens around Wentworth Falls, Katoomba and Leura.

No one seems to know what they are.

I suspect an Ixia of some sort, but I have had no joy identifying it despite extensive searching.

Anyone recognise it?

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Distinctive veins on buds and backs of petals


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Scentless flowers are about 45mm wide fully opened; they close up overnight; stems from 30 - 50 cm


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Distinctive veins on buds and backs of petals
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Ours get some shade; those in full sun have longer (to maybe 30cm) and thinner leaves
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Re: Can anyone help identify this bulb?

Postby JNarelle » Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:56 am

how tall are the flower spikes? Looks like a watsonia to me. :)
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Re: Can anyone help identify this bulb?

Postby Kimmy1974 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:44 pm

Hi , we are in the blue mountains also . These are looking great at the moment . I believe they are watsonia too .
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Re: Can anyone help identify this bulb?

Postby womble » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:50 pm

Apologies for going AWOL for so long!

Thanks for replying folks ... yes, the petal shape is very watsonia like ... I found this image on google of Watsonia 'snow queen' which might be them ...

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only for some reason the web site seems to be down right now.

Only thing is these don't seem very big compared to other watsonias (ours only got to 30-40cm, but were in shady spot), and the veining on the petals and buds is quite distinctive and I have not seen it in other watsonia pics.

In the meantime, watsonia will do!
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Re: Can anyone help identify this bulb?

Postby womble » Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:38 pm

No, not a Watsonia "Snow Queen" ... I'm beginning to think it's a Sparaxis bulbifera of some kind ... it has the same flower structure and does not grow as high as Watsonia do ... although I cannot find an example with the same distinctive petal veining as ours (and the ones I have seen around Wentworth Falls and Katoomba) ...

http://hortuscamden.com/plants/view/spa ... .-ker-gawl

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http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/i ... p/Sparaxis
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