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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: ]

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 [ 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:

Date: 2016-09-06 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure what could have attracted Farrer's ire about this plant. It looks fine.


Date: 2016-09-06 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No ire...he doesn't usually paint the mimpish squinnies and I was remiss in not mentioning that this isn't one of his deprecated plants. I will fix that little thing.

If he had anything to say, it might have been mild regret that it was not N. pardanthina, about which he rhapsodizes at length in one of those very dispatches back that I referred to in my post.

Date: 2016-09-07 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As great luck would have it, I returned to my transcription of his dispatches the other night, and the one I was working on included an effusion to N. pardanthina -- which he also painted, and which was reproduced in Cox, Plant Introductions. Next week's Mimpish Monday is set!


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