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[This is one in what has now become an almost-weekly series of postings inspired by Abigail Rorer, Mimpish Squinnies: Reginald Farrer's Short Guide to Worthless Plants. Rorer's book includes prints of fourteen plants Farrer considered worthless-- an interesting hybrid of botanically accurate and...different. You can see her work, including all fourteen mimpish squinnies, here: http://www.theloneoakpress.com/prints/newer.html ]

A short Mimpish Monday because it's a Labor Day and I don't feel like laboring.

I haven't yet found anything in Farrer's writings about this plant, Nomocharis basilissa. I am guessing that if it turns up at all it will be in one of Farrer's dispatches back to Gardeners Chronicle. I should mention, after reading [livejournal.com profile] pameladean's comment, that this is not one of the 14 mimpish squinnies and I have no reason to believe that Farrer disliked it. Indeed, if he had he probably would not have painted it. Oh bother, I didn't mention that, either!


Nomocharis basilissa, watercolor by Reginald Farrer, published in E.H.M. Cox, The Plant Introductions of Reginald Farrer

Here's a link to the only page about this species that I found on a desultory Google search: http://www.the-genus-lilium.com/n_basilissa.htm
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