PASSIFLORA SOCIETY NEWS
We are pleased to announce that Bob Holzinger has been appointed manager of the PSI American Seedbank. We are grateful to his predecessor, Jorge Ochoa, for paving the way, and are only sorry that his day job prevented him from continuing in the role, although he has kindly agreed to help Bob when he can, both in the form both of seed and expertise.
Bob will open his first sale to Premium Members on Sunday 7th February, and to Basic Members on Thursday 18th February. Those who have kindly donated seeds will be able to access the sale a few days earlier. For more details, please go to the American Seedbank page. You will also be able to preview the sale once you have logged in.
Meanwhile Sal La Delfa, in response to the strong demand for seeds in his previous sale, will reopen the European Seedbank on exactly the same dates. For more details, please go to the European Seedbank page. You will also be able to preview the sale once you have logged in.
Members living outside the relevant areas are most welcome to order from the two seedbanks, but in the present uncertain times will understand that we are unable to guarantee delivery.
Published 26 January, 2021
The 2019 double issue newsletter has been published. Many thanks once again to Matt Lanas for all his hard work and to the many contributors who have made this a bumper 48-pager. Special thanks to Matt Candeias for his guest article on Adenia and to Markus Varga for his practical guide to this fascinating genus in the passionflower family; the sharp-eyed will discern a member species in his photo on the front cover, behind the foreground subject Passiflora edmundoi, which inaugurates our new series of Plant Profiles.
The first item in the issue is an update from your President and Vice-President, in which we ask you all (basic as well as premium members) to complete a PSI and Me questionnaire, to tell us what you would like PSI to be, and how you can help us get there! Please do take a few moments for this – unless you tell us, we may never know !
Other contents include:
- PSI Meeting 2018, Bochum, Germany – report by Rob McPhail
- Passiflora × violacea: The First Hybrid by Leslie A. King
- Two Go To Mexico – field-trip report by John Vanderplank
- A History of Passiflorunde Magazine 1993 – 2013 by Axel Frank
- The “Succulent Passionflowers” by Matt Candeias
- Adenia: A Practical Guide by Markus Varga
- Passiflora Seed & Pollen Part 2 by John Vanderplank
- Remembering François Thuys by Christian Houël
- Plant Profile: Passiflora edmundoi by John Vanderplank
- Butterfly Corner by Martin Wills
- Passiflora Crossword by Leslie A. King
- crossword, recipe, seedbank, conference and other news
Hard copies are being mailed to everyone on the 2019 premium member list AND the current list (as at press date, 26th December 2020), except for those requiring a digital copy only. This can be found on our Newsletter Downloads page as usual.
Basic members can purchase a hard copy with a free digital version from MagCloud, as can non-members. The digital version now has its links and similar features enabled, but is lower resolution than the version on the PSI website – which you may (or may not) find more convenient.
The size of this issue has entailed a slight delay to the 2018/9 Cultivar Register, but that’s next ! This and subsequent issues will only go to premium members on the list just before the date of issue – so make sure your subscription is paid up on time.
Work has also started on the following issue and our commissioning editor, John Vanderplank, would welcome additional contributions.
Published 5 January, 2021