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Watsonia aletroides and W. laccata hybridise freely.  I have seen hybrids where none of the parents were anywhere to be seen! In the early 2000's Silverhill Seeds offered a Watsonia sp. nov. Upon enquiry Rachel informed me that John Manning said it was an aletroides laccata hybrid but she was not convinced as neither parent was present. I acquired seeds and grew it anyway - it looked like most of the W. aletroides pictures in the photo index!

Indeed the only proper W. aletroides pictures are three and four (Rogan Roth's pics) and four and five of Cameron's pics. All the rest are aletroides laccata hybris.  In The Genus Watsonia, Goldblatt states that a characteristic of W. aletroides is "short, inconspicuous and barely flexed tepals" which differs markedly from the remaining pictures which all have flaring tepals.  The last picture however shows a hybrid swarm with some plants clearly introgressed (red orange flowers) as they are not widely flaring.
User Profiles / Hello from South Africa
June 13, 2023, 09:24:21 AM
Greetings from Cape Town - more specifically the far south of the Cape Peninsula. I live on the north-facing slope of the Roodeberg in the Table Mountain National Park. Across the valley is Chapman's Peak and Silvermine Nature Reserve (quite a few pics in Saunder's gladioli guide were taken there).

After a 17 year hiatus I have taken up growing bulbs again. I had a fantastic collection that was housed at a friend's nursery. Emphasis on had. All the irids were eaten by a porcupine, the Hyacinthaceae contracted virus (he was a heavy smoker) and all my amaryllids and Pelargonium section Hoarea were stolen. Talk about bad luck :'(

I am a retired Botanical/Ecological Specialist - I was a Consultant specialising in botanical surveys for Environmental Impact Assessments as well as designing mitigation measures for projects assessed by other consultants. I was privileged to visit landscapes where people hadn't been in who knows how long. I am lucky to have seen so many gorgeous plants in habitat.

Some of you may remember me from IBSA symposia where I presented on Gethyllis and Pelargonium section Hoarea. Gethyllis is my first love and myself and Bill Liltved are planning to conduct further fieldwork with the view to formally describing all the Mueller-Döblies taxa as well as our recent discoveries.

I look forward to being a valued contributor here.