Re: [IGSROBIN] what's in a name?
Andrew you are spot on. My understanding is that bees can travel over a
mile between flowers so anything within that radius can be the daddy of
The likliehood is that unless flowers are protected and hand pollinated (
and your plants are guaranteed pure ) your seeds could be a cross of
anything, the only thing you can be sure of (or can you ?) is the seed
parent is correct.
Having said all that, some plants are said to be very selective about who
they will mate with and do have inbuilt inhibitors to prevent such
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> From: Andrew <awilson@FDA.NET>
> To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
> Subject: Re: what's in a name?
> Date: Monday, June 07, 1999 12:38 PM
> Dear Alby,
> Indeed, the world has become more complicated. For instance, I hear that
> even the orchid people who went to such difficulties for years to record
> all crosses faithfully like they do for racehorses and pedigree dogs,
> may be having their difficulties. The reason is simple. The number of
> orchid species is gigantic - some think as many as 100,000 species.
> There are uncertainties with some of them. Some believe quite a few are
> just forms of another species. Thus, when a cross between two supposedly
> known species takes place it is important that the form of the species
> is recorded. Alas, that does not appear to have been done consistently.
> Thus, we have uncertain bloodlines in a number of cases.
> So, the world of geraniums is not the only one where there are a few
> black sheep. Who knows what is really going on? I see seedlings pop up
> each year that look like zonals but are they P. inquinans instead? I see
> seedlings of the ivy-leaf P. peltatum appearing in places with flowers
> varying from pale pink to mauve. What's the story there? And now that I
> have a few Erodiums growing am I going to be cursed by crosses between
> them and the dreaded E. cicutarium?
> While there is a need for cataloging species and crosses we just have to
> be careful not to take the nomenclatures too seriously. On that note let
> me ask an embarrassing question - how pure is the seed of the IGS seed?
> I was collecting some from my own species plants and, while I collected
> from plants that were well separated, I was wondering how careful were
> the providers of much of that seed. I'd not be at all surprised to see
> 'natural' crosses from members of the Otidia, for instance. What do you
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