As many of you know by now: Geeky plant post = Darren is feeling a bit emotional! This has been a highly stressful week professionally. In contrast to this, blog-wise I am feeling rather overwhelmed by folks saying nice things about me. Consequently my emotional barometer is up and down like a, well, up-and-downy thing. The only thing to do is write from my comfort zone:
Trichopetalum plumosum is from Chile, the only species of the genus in South America (the rest are Australian). The plant grows during the winter in response to moisture. These small short-lived flowers are produced in late spring just before the plant dies back to a resting tuber during the hot summer months.
It is easy in cultivation under glass and I have maintained it from a seed collection made in Chile by Flores and Watson in 2001. I find if it does not get a warm enough summer it will fail to re-sprout in the autumn and takes a year off. The flowers are self fertile and produce loads of fertile seeds which germinate easily – here is the result of the 2017 seed harvest: