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BRIEF: Do you know of a pink form of Delphinium tricorne?


QUESTION:
Do you know of a pink form of Delphinium tricorne? We recently discovered one plant with a light, delicate pink growing in a small, natural population near Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, North Carolina. Radford, Ahles, and Bell (1968) allude to pink within the genus but no mention regarding the species. Bailey (1950) also mentions color variation in the genus but only "sepals light blue" in the species text.

ANSWER:

That is really beyond my expertise. You should contact our extension botanist, Ed Cope, at the Bailey Hortorium (Cornell's herbarium). If you are not connected with such a facility, he could help you with depositing the definitive voucher specimen if you are publishing a new species. If you already have access to a place that registers type specimens (or whatever botanists call them), then I am sure they would appreciate a sample anyway. If there is only one, then a photograph is probably more appropriate. Ed's email is eac5@cornell.edu