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Re: hybrids, ramblings, spare pollen

  • Subject: Re: hybrids, ramblings, spare pollen
  • From: StellrJ@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 00:31:11 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated Fri, 22 Jun 2001 12:03:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, mburack@mindspring.com writes:

<< 
thats because you can "throw a little extra pollen on something"..... but what you will most likely get will be an "infloresence with some pollen on it"....nothing more...

Darwin discussed this in _On the Origin of Species_.  One of the ways plants separate themselves from their congeners is by rejecting foriegn pollen.  Think about it...if all sympatric plants in a genus accepted each other's pollen, soon you would have just one (probably highly variable) species in that region.  Nature very seldom hybridizes.

Jason Hernandez
Naturalist-at-Large





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