I am sending this photo under high definition so
that you can see what I saw with this bloom from Sierra Grande last
As I was hybridizing this flower, I couldn't help
but notice that the stylecrest and lip of the styles were formed
differently. There was a split in the crest, and then a stamen-shaped
appendage of the styles that had part of the lips also on it. This
particular cross took, which was Sierra Grande x Tangerine Dream (or
Mountain View . . . depending on if my records are right!). I also got 36 seeds
from that pod. It might be tricky telling which iris is the pollen parent!
I suppose I'll just look at the seedlings in a few years and see who has
funny stylecrests. :-)
This was not the only stylecrest on this bloom to
have the "appendages," as you can see one more sticking up between the crest on
the back-right style. Not only were these "appendages" apparent on this
stalk, but it seemed to affect the entire clump. None of the iris around
showed abnormalities with blooms, but Honky Tonk Blues had "horns" on
the bud sheaths as the stalk was growing. That cultivar was planted about
3 feet away from SG.
There have been no fertilizers, sprays, or
chemicals used on this patch, so I have no idea (except for genetics) that could
cause this interesting appendage.
Juri P. posed a nifty photo of appendages on a
newer iris, Chinook Winds (T. Johnson '03). I wonder what these
traits will produce if crossed?
Also, if you're still reading this e-mail and
aren't bored yet. . . (!) those stamens on Sierra Grande look a little
brown. Could that be a reason why I never saw any pods from crosses using
SG as the pollen parent? It was only 9:05 AM when I took the photo and
made the pollination. Temperature was 70F and it was overcast.
Has anyone else successfully used Sierra
Grande as a pollen parent??
President -- Mio Iriarians
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