Heresy warning: A new Lachenalia hybrid

Tim Chapman
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:37:28 PST
Michael ,

Congrats on the hybrid!   Some of the Japanese hybrids have utilized L viridiflora and L vanzyliae to get turquoise colored hybrids.  I haven't seen a reference to viridiflora x aloides before though.  

One of the biggest problems is incompatibility in regards to chromosome counts.  The genus is all over the place and some spp have several different reported numbers.  The two you crossed are both 2n=14.  Inevitably someone will say that chromosome numbers don't matter.  They do, especially with these.   (However, given varying numbers, and other factors the idea of try anything is still a good thing). Duncan's recent monograph lists the chromosome numbers when known and seems to throw out some earlier reported works. This does reduce the number of spp with different reported numbers. 

If anyone is interested in a list of the chromosome counts email me privately and I'll forward my compilation.   

Some other known crosses for those interested: (species are listed as reported but there are name changes on some).  I'm sure there are many more but commercial operations don't usually reveal much. 

aurea x tricolor
carnosa x aloides quadricolor
carnosa x splendida
carnosa x unicolor
carnosa x framesii
roodia (splendida) x rubida
vanzyliae x tricolor
viridiflora x rubida
glaucina x viridiflora
arbuthnotae x tricophyra ( trichophylla)
alba x bulbifera
aloides aurea x reflexa

Tim Chapman

On Jan 25, 2013, at 11:20 PM, "Michael Mace" <> wrote:

> Anyway, one of the crosses set seed, and they just bloomed for the first
> time.  It's Lachenalia viridiflora x L. aloides aloides (L. tricolor). L.
> viridifora is an amazing translucent turquoise color, while L. aloides is
> yellow-orange with magenta tips.  Cross the two and you get something pretty
> weird: turquoise shoulders, lemon yellow tube, and magenta tips.

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