Crinophone ... is it possible?

jim lykos
Tue, 14 Sep 2010 05:14:08 PDT
Hi Ken,

Your cross sounds marvelous if it comes off.  I know from similar bigeneric 
crosses I've made using C. procerum and C. pedunculatum that  the apomatic 
seed outcome is the more likely, but on those occasions where bigeneric 
fertilisation occurs and the seed grows - the maturation of the seed is 
often the crucial stage. Its at that point that  hybrid seed is likely to 
die - the seeds can become pulpy or fungus infected due to poor epidermal 
seed cover and the radical fails to emerge.
If you lose most of the seed then its very likely that you did make the 
bigeneric cross - and the issue might well be finding a better seed parent 
next time around.
I've found that large plants of  C. procerum are remarkably seed fertile - 
although usually aptomatically but with persistence and if fertilised in 
early Autumn the seed have a better prospect of  better seed development  as 
I have found in eventually creating Amarcrinums using C, procerum as the 
seed parent.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ken" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 9:45 AM
Subject: [pbs] Crinophone ... is it possible?

I have this urge to play Frankenstein ... even with my limited knowlege. 
Earlier this year, I completely covered the sticky end of the stigma(s) on 
my Crinum asiaticum with Boophone disticha pollen. I repeated this effort 
over several days in addition to removing the Crinum stamens asap. I've got 
7 swelling capsules, which seem fairly firm, but smaller than in previous 
years. Is such a cross even possible? Are these likely just apomictic seed?

Ken Blackford
San Diego

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