Bloomeria crocea (Torr.) Cov.
Habit: Perennial from corm with generally one basal leaf 1.6 to 6 dm. high., with orange-yellow flowers.
Distribution: Grassland, open woodlands, and chaparral edges, often in heavy soils, up to 5,000 ft. South Coast, Transverse, and PeninsularRanges from Santa Barbara to Baja California.
Seed unit: Free seed.
Seed: 2 mm. long, black, sub-ovoid, angular, coat wrinkled. Seeds found in 3-angled loculicidal capsule, 5 to 6 mm. long.
Embryo: Central axile, linear embryo in hard endosperm.
Purity instructions: Pure seed definition:
AOSA: PSU #1 – Seed, with or without seed coat. Piece of broken seed, with or without seed coat, larger than one-half the original size.
Average pure seed units per gram: 614 seeds per gram (based on AOSA pure seed units only from 21 samples received for testing from 1994 to 2004).
Range of percent pure seed: 68 to 99%
Range of percent inert: 1 to 30%
Description of inert: Plant material, dirt, dead insects.
Planting instructions: 400 seeds, T, 28 days @ 15°; for fresh and dormant seed, prechill recommended.
References: (link to main reference page)
Hickman, J.C., Ed. 1993. p. 1180.
Munz, P.A. and D.D. Keck. 1968. p. 1379.
Ransom Seed Laboratory