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Nat. Ord. Caprifoliaceae - Pentandria Monogyhia.
Weigela amabilis. "Planch. Fl. det Serves, v. 8, p. 855".
At our Tab. 4396, under Wetgela rosea, we expressed our doubts as to the propriety of separating Wetgela, Lindley (Calysphyrum, Bunge), from Diervilla, with which Siebold and Zuc-carini, and following them, Walpers, unite it; and doubting, too, as to W. rosea being distinct from D. florida, Sieb. et Zucc.; and, in reply to the query of a correspondent in the Gardener's Chronicle (vol. for 1853, p. 536), it is answered: "We are uncertain how many species of Wetgela are known to botanists. In the garden we have W. rosea (just alluded to), W. Minderdorfiana, W. amabilis, and W. Iutea; but the last is often an alias of Diervilla lutea, and we do not know how far the others are distinct. In books also occur W. pauciflora and flo-rida; but the latter is very nearly, if not quite the same as rosea." We have now to consider the question of the distinctness of the one under consideration from the last mentioned. Certainly, with flowering species of each in our hand, the eye may readily distinguish between them; but, with the exception of the stronger reticulation of the leaves of the present plant, and the undulately crenate lobes of the corolla, there is no character on which reliance can be placed.
1. Calyx and pistil. 2. Corolla laid open. 3. Gland from the inner base of the tube of the corolla. 4. Transverse section of ovary - magnified.
Such as they are, we have included them in the specific character; and we regret we have not the opportunity of consulting the Flore des Serres, where this species is established by M. Planchon. It is, we presume, like W. rosea, a native of China or Japan, bat by whom introduced to Europe, we have no means of knowing.
Descr. A shrub, probably equally hardy with Weigela rosea (though our plant blossomed in a cool frame in May), and with entirely the same habit: the younger branches and foliage are more or less hairy. Leaves opposite, larger than those of W. rosea; rather obovate than ovate, acuminated, serrated, tapering below into a moderately long petiole. The surface is much and reticulately veined, with impressed lines above, prominent on the nerves beneath. Flowers sessile, or on very short, simple petioles, bearing two opposite, minute bracts, solitary in the axils of the upper leaves, or in a terminal, many-flowered umbel, of beautiful rose-colored flowers. Calyx hairy, the tube adherent with the ovary, so slender as to resemble a peduncle, angular: limb of five, erect, linear, appressed segments, unequal in height. Corolla with the tube narrow, scarcely longer than the segments of the calyx: the limb campanulate, cut into five, nearly equal, spreading, waved, and crenated, obtuse, broadly ovate lobes: the tube is, within, hairy, and has a clavate, short, downy, conspicuous gland, attached to the base on one side. Stamens inserted at the top of the tube, shorter than the limb: anther oblongo-sagittate. Style shorter than the corolla, included.
Stigma two to three-lobed, lobes downy. - Ourtis's Bot. Magazine.
[This plant flowers more than once during the season, and is a very decided acquisition, lately introduced, and now for sale in many nurseries. - Ed].