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Re: HYB: Muliple Pollinations

From: IRISROT@aol.com

In a message dated 8/2/99 5:25:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
tyerman@hotmail.com writes:

>  From my knowledge of botany, multiple style arms link to individual 
>    In other flowers where there are multiple ovaries there is a carpel 
>  segment for each ovary and these are directly linked.  From this I would 
>  assume that each style arm for an iris would have to be linked to its own 
>  ovary (i.e each style arm would be linked to just one of the 3 segments of 
>  the seed pod).  This would be a single connection based on the makeup of 
>  flower and there would be no crossing over of pollen between the ovaries 
>  after contact with the stigmatic lip.
>  I'd heard myself that putting 3 different parents onto the different style 
>  arms would produce seedlings with characteristics of all 4 parents.  I 
>  hadn't thought anything of it until reading this conversation.  Now.... 
>  looking back at my botany training... it certainly doesn't seem possible 
>  with the basic botanical structure.

I believe once a cross takes whether you pollenated one lip or all three it's 
over. But what I was saying is you have to pollenate all three lips to have 
seed in all three chambers. I do not believe once a cross is made and takes 
that a bee can pollinate that flower again. Course I am not an expert. Why 
don't we do an experiment next spring all of us pollinate 2 flowers but only 
one lip but leave the iris petals on to see if you have seed in the other 

                        Jim Loveland, Fenton, MO Zone 5

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