One of my Zunac seedlings finally decided to bloom. I am still not convinced that it is a pure vulcanicola since there are some differences to the vulcanicola descriptions and photos of Preissel's plants. What would be the next steps to determine that it is indeed a pure species? I am planning to obtain seeds by pollinating with my other Zunac seedlings (once they decide to bloom ) and grow out the next generation. For a pure species one would not expect to get much variability, right?
Here some data: Flower length: 9 in, diameter: 1.5 in, peaks: 1/4 in, plant height: 11 ft.
Micheal, It does match the description in Preissel's book. The short peaks, horizontal flowers, tightly wrapped calyx, orange red on the outside, yellow inside. Sure the leaves on the plant are larger and furrier than his description, but this can have to do with age/nutritional condition of the plants.
Also, you must remember that though Preissel's description of insignis is right, none of the pictures of "insignis" are really insignis. You have to take things in that book with a grain of salt.
I guess the next step for you is setting a seed pod. If the seeds have very little to no cork on them and are small, that should also help you lean toward pure vulc. The fact that it looks exactly like mine and the parent plant and the other pictures I posted on BGI of ones in the wild that Preissel said were vulcanicola's should help too. Seed pod shape can vary greatly, so I wouldn't count on that.
Of course there's always the argument that there is no such thing as a pure species Brugmansia. My friend even argued for fun once that there are only two species, Brugmansia brugmansia and Brugmansia sphaerocarpium, any differences between plants within those species are just variations or hybrids.
But I'm sticking with vulcanicola. It will be interesting to see if there is much difference from my seedlings from the north of Ecuador.
Thank you, everyone!
I am really looking forward seeing a seed pod form on the plant. Until my other clones start flowering, I am playing around with these blooms. I have applied some fresh arborea pollen and used some of the Zunac pollen on my Strybing vulsa. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Shawn - My camera is a Nikon D200 and the photos are taken with the 24-85mm Nikkor lens. I do a wide variety of photography under a multitude of conditions, so I decided on the heavier, more rugged semiprofessional model. I am at more than 20,000 shots with this camera and have not had a single issue, except some dust on the sensor (which happened while changing lenses in strong wind in the middle of the desert).
Wonderful pictures and a beautiful bloom!