Bowiea volubilis seed production

Robert Lauf via pbs
Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:30:17 PST
Has anyone tried to cross Bowiea with the pregnant onion (Ornithogalum longibracteum/ Albuca bracteata)?



I was given the typical form of Bowiea volubilis, as in your picture, 
years ago and have grown it since then (in a greenhouse, NW Arkansas), 
and it's in growth now, though not yet in flower. I've never tried to 
self it, and normally there are no spontaneous seeds set, but I seem to 
remember that I did get seeds one year.

But I also grow the gariepensis subspecies, and have had the "nana" form 
in the past - though I can't seem to  find it today - and the greenhouse 
is open for ventilation when it's warm, so those might have been hybrid 
seeds courtesy of some passing insect. I don't need more of that form, 
so I didn't sow the seed and can't be sure it was viable.

I'll try to do a more controlled experiment when I see flowers this 
time. I did try selfing the gariepensis once and did not get seed.


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