hybridizing compatibility among Amarylllidaceae

Angela and Dean Offer angelasgarden@bigpond.com
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:49:00 PST
I am interested in Cymbidiums and also Zygopetalum, Stephen Monkhouse is
doing breeding crosses to make smaller more floriferous plants, with nice
----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Szeszko <dszeszko@gmail.com>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:41 AM
Subject: [pbs] hybridizing compatibility among Amarylllidaceae

> Alberto:
> I think that it was a cross with Zephyranthes nelsonii. I make this
> assumption based on the fact that both species grow in the same
> both flower at the same time, and both likely have similar pollinators. I
> forgot to mention in my previous email that the
> Sprekelia-Zephyrantheshybrid had flowers that bent over in the same
> fashion as Habranthus
> and Hippeastrum. They did not open straight up like in other species of
> Zephyranthes.
> My main area of research is orchids so the study of bulbs in the field is
> merely a hobby for me. Incidentally, I haven't really been in the field a
> lot in the last year, because I've been working in different herbaria. I'm
> going to start doing fieldwork starting in 2006 so hopefully I will be
> to share a lot more information with members of this list about Mexican
> bulbs and post a lot of pictures to the wiki. I want to post pictures of
> Zephyranthes, Polianthes, Tigridia, and many other uncommon Irids, because
> they are rare in cultivation and finding any information about them is
> almost impossible. There are also many species of terrestrial orchids that
> have been overlooked by growers. For instance, I happen to think that many
> species of Bletia orchids are very beautiful and relatively easy to grow.
> want to put together a wiki page for Bletia similar to what Cameron
> did for Disa species from South Africa.
> In response to your question on the scarcity of Mexican bulbs, I will
> attempt to answer it with an analogy. If one were to gauge the scarcity of
> dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) based on the number of times they have
> been collected for herbaria, one would deduce that dandelions are very
> indeed! But dandelions are not found in herbaria because a professional
> botanist has no interest in collecting them. Similarly, it is incorrect to
> deduce that Mexican bulbs are rare in the wild because there is so little
> information about them or because they are not commonly cultivated. From
> experience in the field, they are very common...just vastly
> underappreciated. For example, just last month I was driving in the
> countryside and I saw hundreds of flowers of Bessera elegans and Tigridia
> meleagris lining the edges of the highways.
> -Dennis
> Toluca, Mexico where I grow bulbs and orchids outdoors in temperate alpine
> conditions at 2,500 meters, USDA zone 10
> Dear Dennis.
> You leave us with mouth wide open! This is the first time,
> I think, this cross is mentioned. X Sprekanthus was grown years ago and it
> was a gorgeous little thing. Do you think you know the Zeph. species
> involved in the natural cross?
> Have you found undescribed species of Zeph. (and others,
> incidentally) in your part of Mexico?
> It was also a surprise to learn that Mexican bulbs are not
> scarce in the wild. A group of us are working hard to try to propagate the
> material in cultivation by careful seed sowing but perhaps we are doing a
> useless work in sevral cases. Which are those that you have found rare or
> scarce, if any?
> Best regards
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