Tulbaghia x Narcissus

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Wed, 23 Jul 2003 16:44:58 PDT
Hi all,

Sounds utterly incredible to me!  Tulbaghia are in the Alliaceae, and unless you sink Amaryllidaceae into Alliaceae as has been suggested, Narcissus are in a different family.  In any case, I suspect that it is completely unprecedented to get a viable hybrid between any Alliaceae and any Amaryllidaceae.  Embryo rescue would probably be the least extreme measure needed to get a live plant from such a cross.  Has anyone ever heard of a successful cross of any Narcissus with any amaryllid outside that genus?

Actually, such a hybrid is not something I would simply take anyone's word for.  I would not believe such a cross had succeeded without seeing cytological evidence for chromosomes of both supposed parents in the supposed offspring.

Just my 2 cents worth!

Jim Shields

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