Monday, 21 February 2005

Meconopsis regia


Monocarpic evergreen species from a restricted area. It has yellow/green hairy leaves with no lobing. Lamjang Himal, east of Annapurna. The flowers are yellow with a deep purple stigma and borne on a tall spike.


The true species has not been in cultivation for more than 40 years but occasionally very similar ‘throwbacks’ occur from M. ‘napaulensis’ (hort). There is no reason to think it was particularly difficult but just hybridized rapidly with other evergreen monocarpic species. If it is re- collected then it will be necessary to maintain this species in isolation.

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