By Wim Snoeijer, Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society Staff

Often called "lilies of the Nile" (though they are local to South Africa), the showy perennials within the genus Agapanthus were avidly accrued and grown considering the fact that they have been came across by means of Dutch explorers within the seventeenth century. The few species within the genus were hybridized intensively, yielding hundreds of thousands of attention-grabbing and dramatic cultivars. regardless of their large reputation between gardeners, in spite of the fact that, there hasn't ever been a really finished ebook at the genus, an oversight that has ultimately been corrected via writer Wim Snoeijer, operating in live performance with Holland's Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. With keys and greater than a hundred colour pictures as an reduction to identity, this groundbreaking booklet is one no devotee of those crops can have the funds for to be with no.

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Evol. 241. Chapter 3 Taxonomy and Nomenclature Classification of the Family Agapanthus is a monocotyledon and formally placed within the family Liliaceae sensu lato. Today, the genus is usually placed within the family Alliaceae. The family Alliaceae sensu lato contains 30 different genera with altogether about 720 different species. The best known genera belonging to this family are Agapanthus, Allium, Brodiaea, Dichellostemma, Ipheion, Leucocoryne, Nothoscordum, and Tulbaghia. The family can be divided further into subfamilies.

This botanical classification was published as follows: Section Lilacinipollini Zonn. D. Duncan (2003) Plant Syst. Evol. Pollen purple. Leaf usually with purple base, deciduous. 0 pg) Section Ochraceipollini Zonn. D. Duncan (2003) Plant Syst. Evol. Pollen yellow. Leaf usually with a green base or with a purple base, deciduous or evergreen. 5 pg) Key to the Species The key to the species is a compilation of the keys from Leighton (1965) and the results of Zonneveld and Duncan (2003). For cultivated species, which hybridise so easily, this key is hardly of any help.

To put it on paper is another business. Still, I hope what follows gives a clue as to how close the relations between different cultivars are. The various keys also support Ben Zonneveld’s conclusions; the relation between and the origin of some cultivars correspond remarkably with Ben’s conclusions. Classification of the Cultivars 49 Because this is an “open key,” anyone who wants to do so can add more names. 1 - leaves variegated = Table I 1 - leaves not variegated = 2 2 from 1 - flowers main colour white = 3 - flowers very pale to dark violet-blue = 4 3 from 2 - flowers single [6 tepals] = Table II - flowers (semi-)double [more than 6 tepals] = Table III 4 from 2 - flowers single [6 tepals] = Table IV - flowers (semi-)double [more than 6 tepals] = Table V Table I.

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