02 August 2012


We are all familiar with the orange `Montbretia` as discarded clumps can be seen in laybys, wasteground and the like. By far the more common is Montbretia itself - Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, but another, Crocosmia paniculata (`Aunt Eliza`) is increasing and becoming frequent. A third species, Crocosmia masoniorum (`Giant Montbretia`) was found last week at Furnace, Llanelli, perhaps new to Carmarthenshire. The photo shows all three, with (Left to Right), masoniorum first; paniculata in the middle and the familiar Montbretia last. Note that masoniorum are bigger plants with distinctive strongly-ribbed leaves. Also note the different grouping of the flowers with masoniorum and paniculata; the actual individual flowers differ too.

Ed: Ian, for ref, the map below shows how widely naturalised Montbretia now is in West Glamorgan, although Ive only seen 'Aunt Eliza' naturalised at one site. Useful id tips, thanks, Barry.


Ian Morgan said...

I should add that paniculata, like masoniorum, is also a big plant too....you can even pick them out from C. x crocosmifolia whilst driving by their larger size. As a rough rule, the common Montbretia is [very approx] 1ft in height whilst the other two are 2ft+. This larger size, coupled with the strongly ribbed leaves, are good field `jizz` tips. I`ve seen paniculata at c 6+ sites around Llanelli -and also beyond [saw it on the high ridge south of Brechfa a couple of weeks ago].

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