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Re: cult--glaciata definition

On Apr 15, 2004, at 11:59 AM, RAINACRE@aol.com wrote:

We are in for rough times if we have to redefine color and pattern
definitions so general irisarians can identify everything they see with certainty. We
cannot use simple definitions to describe complex realities. If irisairians what
to lump white glaciatas with other white iris from completely different
genetic backgrounds, it probably doesn't matter. When hybridizers use this kind of
lumping, communications breakdown completely.

Well, hybridizers can (and probably should) talk about what structural or genetic characteristics that result in the expression of a particular pattern. In the case of glaciatas, Keith Keppel tells me:

Glaciata CAN be identified visually, but only by someone who knows what he's looking
for/at. Knowing the parentage might encourage you to LOOK, but it's not
going to change how the flower appears.....it can be from 100% plicata
breeding and have so little marking you think it's a self and yet it DOES
have marking if you look closely, and thus is not glaciata. You really
need to see a few glaciatas to get the feel for it.....

John | "There be dragons here" | Annotation used by ancient cartographers | to indicate the edge of the known world.

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