By Wim Snoeijer, Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Staff
Referred to as "lilies of the Nile" (though they are local to South Africa), the showy perennials within the genus Agapanthus were avidly accumulated and grown given that they have been found via 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, even if, there hasn't ever been a really complete publication at the genus, an oversight that has eventually been corrected by means of 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 id, this groundbreaking ebook is one no devotee of those crops can find the money for to be with out.
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Caulescens subsp. 5 cm long, plants stout = A. 5 cm long, plants slender = A. campanulatus = 14 15 from 14 - perianth segments spreading widely to 90° from axis = A. campanulatus subsp. patens - perianth segments spreading to c. 45° = A. campanulatus subsp. campanulatus Nomenclature Nomenclature is still confusing, however much Leighton (1965) tried to straighten up the mess. She concluded that Agapanthus is either a genus with many species that are hardly distinct from each other, or a genus consisting of only a few species with a large variation (close reading of her publications suggests she leaned towards the latter possibility).
Plant Syst. Evol. 229:125–130. M. Zonneveld and F. van Iren (2001) Genome size and pollen viability as taxonomic criteria: application to the genus Hosta. Plant Biol. 3:176–185. M. M. P. Davis (2003) The systematic value of nuclear DNA content in Galanthus. Plant Syst. Evol. In press. M. D. Duncan (2003) Taxonomic implications of genome size and pollen color and vitality for species of Agapanthus L’Héritier (Agapanthaceae). Plant Syst. Evol. 241. Chapter 3 Taxonomy and Nomenclature Classification of the Family Agapanthus is a monocotyledon and formally placed within the family Liliaceae sensu lato.
One problem with Gillissen’s otherwise great classification is that the names for cultivar groups were based on species names. Even before I published my private book in 1998, I feared that users of this classification—especially those readers with a conservative view—would link the cultivar back to the species whose name was used for the group. So, after careful consideration and several discussions with Agapanthus growers, I have decided to maintain the descriptions of the cultivar groups as published in my 1998 book but now with different names.
Agapanthus: A Revision of the Genus by Wim Snoeijer, Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Staff