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HYB:Zonals, Plicatas and the tangerine beard

  • Subject: [iris-photos] HYB:Zonals, Plicatas and the tangerine beard
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 19:12:46 -0500

In reference to Mike Sutton's photos I made a comment about plicatas at the very root of the ancestry of pinks--and that plicatas pop up in pink breeding rarely but consistently.
The remark I made about Loomis' SEA SHELL (or SEASHELL) is taken from TWOI, p. 92, where it is stated, "Seashell came from a plicata seedling of W. J. Fryer X Ricardi, and a variegata seedling probably of Ricardi origin.....When Seashell was crossed to a red seedling from Lent A. Williamson, the great progenitor, Morocco Rose resulted."
The pedigree of CHERIE, a pivotal pink from the Hall line, as given on the HIPS Dykes Medal irises list, differs from this information.  MOROCCO ROSE is shown as resulting directly from a cross between two Loomis seedlings, H22 and F-70.  H22 is from Lent A. Williamson X unknown.  F-70 is shown as from W. J. Fryer X Ricardi, thus foreshortening the ancestry on one leg by a generation compared to what is given in TWOI.
The parentage given for SEA SHELL in the *Check List 1949* is simply "plicata x variegata," which is less informative than either of the other two sources.  In the *Check List 1939* no parentage is given at all for MOROCCO ROSE.
The TWOI data in part originates from a comment by (Geddes) Douglas in his article "Prelude to Pink," *Bull. Amer. Iris Soc.* no. 92: 38-49, dating from 1944.  Douglas undoubtedly had correspondence directly from Dr. Loomis.
In any event, MOROCCO ROSE and SEASHELL are ancestral to both midwestern (Hall) and far western (the Utah group, especially Tell Muhlestein) pink lines.  A plicata is right at the center of the "roots" in the ancestry of almost anything with a tangerine beard.
An interesting, but lateral, comment might be made about another of the primary sources of the Hall pink line.  DOLLY MADISON is also from Lent A. Williamson x unknown.
All that is worth slightly more than 2 cents.
Neil Mogensen  z 7 western NC mountains

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