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HYB:HIST: Umbrata origins


In looking at photographs of AMAS, DOMINION and many other of the early
collected forms and hybrids from Asiatic tetraploids, the presence of the sort
of fall spot with the border ("corona" as Fred Kerr aptly describes it"
)appears to be present.  *Iris variegata* may not be the only source of
"Umbrata."

As to your question about breeders of the type there are a growing number who
are building on Barry Blyth's introductions which combine the I(s)
"Progenitor" ancestry with that of the classic amoena/variegata tetraploids.
Keith Keppel, Joe Ghio are just two of many whose registrations include
Blyth-bred ancestry having characteristics of both bicolor/bitone types.

Anyone who raises seedlings from ROMANTIC EVENING, for example, will see a
distribution among the seedlings of those displaying either, both and neither
of the fall color contrast genetics.

The red amoena you seek is certainly a potential in a generation or two from a
rather large number of potential parents.  I would wager DECADENCE, for
example, would yield such among its seedlings in the right cross.  Its
seedlings appear to be even more diverse and varied than ROMANTIC EVENING,
judging from the photographs of last year's seedling selections Barry shared
with a number of American (and probably other) breeders.

Neil Mogensen  z 7 western NC mountains

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