Lycoris season 2 - L. squamigera : 2?

James Waddick
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 22:19:10 PDT
Dear Friends,
	Lycoris continue to bloom with a few late L. sanguinea 
overlapping with the first round of species and their hybrids: Ll. 
squamigera, chinensis, longituba and sprengeri. Still no incarnata or 
the next round of later bloomers. We are experiencing a dry spell and 
I expect to see major bloom when we get a heavy rain.

	I had pondered the questions of other hybrids that match L. 
squamigera.  It is generally agreed that L. squamigera  is a sterile 
triploid hybrid between L. longituba and L. sprengeri. Although it is 
an odd seeming combination it could surely have occurred more than 
once. Chromosome numbers as follows:

	L. squamigera = 27 (16 = 11)
	L. longituba  = 16
	L. sprengeri = 22 (11 + 11)

	Just this week I had a new flower stalk emerge that looks 
like L. squamigera, but the flowers are a more even pale pink with no 
hints of the blue-lilac common to the tepal tips of 'typical' 
squamigera.  It seems obviously like a sibling seedling to L. 
squamigera, just a pastel.

	I have a couple pictures I'd be glad to send to someone to 
post to the wiki or mail to individuals with an interest. Send me 
your email and I send them off. Appreciate responses.

	It is pretty amazing that these delicate looking flower 
scapes can push through dry, near rock-hard, baked clay to bloom. 
Some L. longituba get to a full 3 ft tall. Amazing.

		Best		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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