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Re: Fern apogamy

To everyone involved in this thread - it is marvelous to trot along 
with you.    And thanks for being generous in correcting correcting my 
errors and misstatements.    :-)

Joe, thanks for reinforcing my point that apogamy is not likely to be 
an absolute condition, with real information.

Re: chromosomal compatability, you are entirely correct that this is a 
major barrier to hybridization between species of the same ploidy 
level.    It is also the source of many infertile hybrids, of which the 
lovely Dryopteris x. michelii  (a backcross of D. goldiana (GG) x D. 
clintoniana (GGLLUU) yeilding (GGLU) is a good example.  (I talk about 
Dryopteris because that is what I know best.)

The point that rare and unlikely events are more likely in a controlled 
situation where numbers are favorable is very important for developing 
propagation lines.

Tony, there are very distinctive and beautiful forms of Dryopteris 
carthusiana and its kin.  When I find them, there are always several 
similar plants, and I think it would be possible to select good forms 
for a couple of generations and get reasonable returns from spore, as 
long as the source plant(s) is maintained.  Requires some time and 
space, but not much work.  Sadly, I have no space.

Betty in South Bend IN
where the next glacial period is due by Friday!

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