I've had a couple
of surprises where BOTH parents with older forms, have given
me seedlings with a modern form in the first generation! It was
so unexpected! Granted there are much more older-formed "dogs" I
get from these crosses, but the one or two seedlings that have seemed to jump
generations make it all worth it.
Genetics are so involved.......................that
I believe we are just nipping at the tip of the iceberg. (Including the heredity
of the mystified yellows).
What I know/or believe
- is that the yellow pigment is part of the carotene group.....of
carotene pigments..... that are capable of manifesting itself in either of
these three colors: yellow, orange, and pink. Yellow is dominate to orange,
and orange is dominate to pink. I believe that Ecstatic Echo has
pink in the petal layer/or layers. Depending on how the pigment genes fall,
and since yellow is a dominate pigment even to purple or blue (if it is
there) then it can/and does manifest itself as a yellow iris in the seedling
The recessive traits are what REALLY fascinates me
though, whether they be in the historics or the modern day
iris. Why are they recessive in the first place? Besides the
recessive patterns or colors, are there recessive layers in the petals of the
iris? Is it like playing 3 (or more)dimensional chess?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 6:03
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: older
parents (was two seedlings...)
Wow, now that is impressive
to have that kind of form in children from
something as old looking as
ECSTATIC ECHO. I especially like the pale
Mystified by heredity of yellows still, but appreciate
Thanks to both Margie and Griff for sharing photos of seedlings
Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone
East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
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