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bobbyle(6)August 27, 2012

Could you please ID this plant for me?

A friend gave it to me today, the bulb has been lying on its side in his garage for a while and it has produced this flower spike without soil or anything recently. I've just put it in some wet soil in a plastic bag prior to planting it properly in some better soil tomorrow. The flower is white (for now) and looks a bit like a Kniphofia one, but this has a rather enormous bulb and no leaves at all, at least at this stage...

Below the photo I'm posting a link to a close-up of the flowerhead

Here is a link that might be useful: A close-up of the flowerhead

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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

You might want to try posting in the name this plant forum. The fact it's blooming wihtout leaves and the flower is kind of distinctive.... someone more knowledgeable should be able to ID it. good luck and if you get an answer please post here!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 9:57PM
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Thanks, I'll do that.

And I forgot to mention that my friend got it from Turkey.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 1:36AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If it has been kept in the dark the lack of colour, length of stem and lack of leaves may all be atypical and due to low light.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 7:37AM
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Well, while it has been in a garage it still has had some natural daylight I learned. It doesn't show signs of discoloration as the other 3 bulbs that my friend has potted up look the same, he told me - no leaves, just an upright stem, and white flowers... He got them from an island in Turkey, growing in the hot bright sun, in a dry area...

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 4:20PM
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It's been ID-ed as "Urginea maritima" by "bboy" in "Name That Plant" forum and I think that's just what it is... :)

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 5:58PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

bobbyle - I'm pleased that you have got your id at last. But I am concerned that your friend got these bulbs from Turkey. If, as it sounds, they were dug from the wild I think you need to investigate the circumstances. Bulb collection from the wild in Turkey has caused dreadful decline in the natural flora in the past although there are now schemes to regulate the trade. I hope you'll discuss this issue with your friend and check that s/he is participating in a regulated scheme. Good luck in keeping, and I hope, increasing your bulbs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sustainable bulb collecting

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 8:22AM
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Well, I asked him and he said that the turks were aware of this as they have obviously shown them this site so they were not worried at all... And they've told them that it was a good medicine plant of some sort...

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 2:34PM
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