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    It is a livida, but what type. William, is this a durban?

    [img]http://home.**********.com/copper/images/lividaunknown.jpg[/img]

    You can see that it also has purple at the crown.
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    could be, it look like mine, but mine don't have the yellow dot in the middle....

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    There seems to be some variation from the Durban form: darn that yellow spot in the center!!! Here is a form from South Africa that I cultivate:



    Yours seems to be intermediate between this and the "so called "U. microcalyx" that is driving collectors bonkers all over the world:




    and just for reference, here is U. arenaria:



    and the "Durban" form:



    and finally, the "typical" U. livida:





    By comparison, your flower most resembles the "microcalyx" in my opinion. I remain convinced that the U. microcalyx we have been seeing is a form of U. livida, possibly a result of a natural or manmade hybrid between U. livida and something else: possibly U. sandersonii, but this is mere speculation since I do not yet have a copy of Taylor.

    Look at the skirt of U. sandersonii "blue flower":





    All these plants are obviously closely related! Both U. sandersonii and U. lidida have a yellow splotch. If you consider the leaf forms of U. sandersonii, U. livida "Durban" and U. livida "South Africa" all have a very different look from Typical U. arenaria or typical U. livida, the leaves are broader. The kicker is that the U. "Sp. 2" which I think most resembles the "microcalyx" in flower form also has these shaped leaves, and I would have expected that they would look more like the typical U. livida or U. "microcalyx" (as below)!!!

    Both the U. "microcalyx" , U. arenaria and the typical U. livida have similar shaped "club like" leaves.

    So you know as much as I do about it all now. Anyone care to venture an opinion?
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    Um, Tamlin...Those are mighty fine flowers you have there. You know if you every have a problem with them getting out of hand I might be able to come up and knock 'em back a little for Ya. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    It looks a lot like a U. livida that I received labelled as "U. sp. Brazil". Interesting, since I don't think that U. livida grows in Brazil.

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    What do the leaves of your brazil look like. Do they look like livida?
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    Yep.

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    My U.sp-1 is definately U.microcalyx then!
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