Black Beauty 2

Kenneth Hixson
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 23:56:38 PDT
Hello David:
>  Please correct me someone if I am wrong but I was under the impression that the original 'Black Beauty' 

Black Beauty was a cross of L. henryi and L. speciosum--there being some
confusion about which speciosum.  To the best of my knowledge, it was
diploid, not triploid, but simply did not produce functional gametes
very often.  It was hybridized by Leslie Woodriff as the only hybrid
of 75,000 seedlings raised of L. speciosum.
Dr. Robert Griesbach and LaVern Freeman, and possibly several other 
people also, converted Black Beauty to tetraploid.  The tetraploid
form was one of the foundations of the Orienpet group now becoming
so popular.

along with its sister seedling 'Damson' was a triploid.

Damson is a "pink" (or magenta) trumpet lily, and is not related
to Black Beauty, unless there is some L. henryi far back in its' 
ancestry.  I believe it was originally raised by Oregon Bulb Farms
as a dark selection of the 'Pink Perfection' strain, several
years later than Black Beauty.
It is diploid, not triploid, is fertile, and has itself been used
in crosses with L. speciosum by Dr. Wilbert Ronald, resulting in 
Starburst Sensation, etc.


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