Fw: Lycoris squamigera

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Mon, 28 Aug 2006 13:22:46 PDT
Adam Fikso wrote: " This hybrid is a sterile triploid ...  I've been trying
to set seed on it now for 5 years using a number of finagles..."

Adam, put away that notion of sterile triploids. Triploids are not
necessarily or even usually sterile. If you want seed on triploids, use
tetraploid pollen. This is an old breeder's trick, and has worked in various

I'm not aware of any tetraploid Lycoris: if such a thing exists, it may well
provide a way of bringing Lycoris squamigera into the fold. It would make a
good project for some grad student in horticulture to induce tetraploidy in
some Lycoris and test this hypothesis. 

Incidentally, as far as I'm concerned, Lycoris squamigera is not a species,
it's an old clone, presumably of hybrid origin. It does not deserve a
botanical name any more than, for instance, daffodil 'King Alfred'. 

On the other hand, if the parentage of Lycoris squamigera is ever settled,
then the name Lycoris squamigera would be available for all hybrids of
similar origin.  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where for years, before I
caught on, Lycoris squamigera fooled me with its false pregnancies. 

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