x 'Boopharyllis' pollen sterility?

Kelly Irvin kellso@irvincentral.com
Fri, 22 Aug 2008 08:07:54 PDT

I'm awestruck! Very interesting and beautiful. Are you saying that all 
the progeny are sterile, or just the one that looks very similar to A. 
belladonna in flower structure? I find your last link to be quite 
different from the other specimen. Seems strange the forms would be so 
different, and I would more expect the last form than the first. I'm 
assuming, with such an exposed bulb, this would be a tender hybrid?

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b


Ken wrote:
> I have a question for the experts .... these crosses between
> Boophone disticha (seed parent) and Amaryllis belladonna (pollen parent) seem to be sterile as it appears again this year the ovaries/pods which swell are full of nothing but air.   I have had a total of 8 scapes this year and nothing ... yet. 
> Could the pollen off this hybrid be fertile?  
> I've been brushing its pollen on hybrid A.belladonnas (with Brunsvigia heritage) and it appears seed is developing.  I also did this last year and a lot of seed developed which seemed a bit larger than normal A.belladonna seed, but germinated well and otherwise look like normal A.belladonna seedlings. 
> Here are a couple links to shots of this x'Boopharyllis' ...
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2718943764/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2713270134/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2742635323/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2755219211/
> Ken
> San Diego
> zone 10
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