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Re: Twist of Fate

Fatal Attraction shows what can happen when a variety with lots of form 
faults is crossed to the right parent. In this case it was Mystique. To be 
sure there were lots of dogs in the cross, but it only takes one good one to 
make a cross worthwhile. Ben Hager once told me that he thought he could go 
from a cross to a species iris (which by definition would not have the form 
he would want) to an introducible seedling with acceptable form in just three 
generations. In one of his last plantings he had clumps of both Iris trojana 
and Iris varbossania and I still wonder what he had planned for them. His 
work with Iris aphylla to create a new class of standard dwarfs (tangerine 
pinks with branching and small flowers) as well as an approach to tetraploid 
MTB pretty much demonstrates that he knew whereof he spoke.

If it hadn't been for the work of Ben and others to create tetraploid MTBs, 
the class could pretty well be defined as diploid tall beards

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