Theory according to Dave

August 28, 2017

Categories: Daffodil Types, Pollination, Science, Species

These flowers of Nb nivalis are quite the smallest daffodils that we grow. When exhibited in NZ they are down pointed because they are too small compared with a vase of Nb conspicuous.
Now here is the theory according to Dave. I’m sure that the botanists have figured this out before and Harold will give us a fancy name for the habit.
You will notice four flowers in bloom with second and third blooms still in bud to finally total twelve flowers from six bulbs in the pot. I have regularly noticed this phenomena in the cantabricus and romieuxii. I theorise that this is a survival mechanism for the species. If the first flower fails to set seed due, maybe to weather factors, then the second and third flowers may get better conditions and have a chance to set seed ensuring survival of the species.

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3 Responses to Theory according to Dave

  1. Spud Brogden, New Zealand
    August 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm


    Flowers that are naturally small should not be down pointed because of their size. Some judges put emphasis on quality and form (as it should be) before size.


  2. Lawrence Trevanion, Australia
    Lawrence Trevanion, Australia
    September 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for this.

  3. David Adams, New Zealand
    September 10, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I am pleased it has flowered for you Lawrence. Remember the original debate. It is registered as Div 13. Now that you have seen the flower what is your opinion of its correct divisional placement?