White Brunsvigia bosmoniae

Chad Cox via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:42:08 PDT
Hello fellow bulb enthusiasts,

I purchased a bulb of Brunsvigia bosmoniae from a seller on eBay about 5-6 years ago, it was one of the first bulbs in my collection. It finally flowered this year and it turned out to be white. I have attached a picture. The part that was very interesting to me is I collected pollen and tried to use it to pollinate other clones of B. bosmoniae but got no seeds suggesting the pollen was sterile. Interestingly I was able to pollinate the white plant with pollen from Brunsvigia radulosa producing copious amounts of viable seed that have already set leaf. So it would seem that while the pollen was sterile the plant was was still reproductively viable. 

I was curious if anyone else had had similar experiences? Or if someone knew if this was a standard trait for this recessive phenotype? Just curious.

Chad in Elverta where it still feels like summer
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