Lycoris season 2 - L. lomgituba

J.E. Shields
Tue, 10 Aug 2010 06:34:27 PDT
Jim W., et al.,

This is well-known in both Hemerocallis and Clivia.  It is "polytepalism" 
(I guess you could call it) and one or more entire sectors of the flower, 
in all 4 whorls, are duplicated -- stigma lobe, ovary locule, stamens, 
petal, and sepal.

It is genetically quite distinct from doubles in which whorls 3 (stamens) 
and/or 4 (pistil) are converted partly or entirely to petals.

Jim Shields

At 02:00 PM 8/9/2010 -0500, Jim Waddick wrote:
>...... One bulb of L. longituba has produced flowers with multiple petals. 
>Only 2 flowers are open so far. One has 10, the other 11 petals. Both have 
>extra anthers (9 and 10 respectively) and both have a single, slightly odd 
>stigma. I'll hand pollinate and see what happens.
>         Most double flowers have reduced or missing sexual parts. The 
> very double L. radiata 'Fireworks' 
> (…) has lost 
> all sexual parts.

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