Moraea MM 03-04

The parents   Seed parent: Moraea aristata   X   Pollen parent: Moraea calcicola

Moraea aristata, Lee PoulsenX Moraea calcicola, Michael Mace

The offspring

Moraea MM-03-04a (aristata × calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea mm-03-04b (aristata × calcicola), Michael Mace

There are two variants, but they're so similar that I'd have a hard time identifying them unless I saw them side by side. MM 03-04a has slightly rounder tepals (first photo), while MM 03-04b is a bit more triangular in shape, and has slightly darker streaks on the tepals.

This is a cross between a white flower and a purple flower, and as usual the result is a light purple flower that fades almost to white in the sun. The center looks black at first glance, but actually it's very dark indigo, with black hairs. The outer tepals have subtle purple streaks on them.

This cross is fairly vigorous, but doesn't produce much pollen. I've only been able to make two crosses so far with this one as the pollen parent. But as a seed parent it's turning out to be moderately fertile, with nine successful crosses as of early 2013.

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