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Re: Angels

  • Subject: Re: Angels
  • From: maria guzman mirror@3RIVERS.NET
  • Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 16:57:44 -0600

FWIW David Clark in the Kew Gardening Guide 'Pelargoniums' (1988) says that
Angels are "thought to have derived from 'Angeline', a dwarf pelargonium no
longer in cultivation.  Many of the plants included in this group were
raised by Arthur Langley Smith.  The strain was obtained by crossing P.
crispum with 'The Shah', an early regal pelargonium."

Since regals themselves are somewhat obscure in ancestry, ("complex and
speculative" is how Clark phrases it) - possibly involving P. cucullatum,
P. grandiflorum, P.capitatum, and P. fulgidum, it sounds like anybody's
guess.  I don't know if an attempt at DNA analysis has been done.


>In a message dated 10/1/02 4:38:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>>Laurie@LAEOM.COM  writes:
>> The book Geraniums and Pelargoniums by John Feltwell lists
>> Angels as a cross between P. crispum and P. grossularoides
>Interesting! Don't know if this is true or not. I have some doubts.
>Info I have on the two species:
>P. crispum - section  Pelargonium. Chromosomes small, 2n=22
>P. grossularoides - section Peristera. Chromosomes small. Basic chromosome
>number, x=19. If this species is diploid, 2n=38.
>While my list is far from complete, I haven't been able to find info on any
>species in section Peristera crossing with a species in any other section. On
>the other hand, some species in section Pelargonium have been crossed
>successfully w/some species in sects: Glaucophyllum, Polyactium, Ligularia,
>and possibly Cortusina (P.x blandfordianum is reportedly a cross between P.
>echinatum and P. graveolens).
>I would be very interested in finding out if the info you have is indeed
>Take care-

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