New Byblis hybrid
Posted 02 November 2010 - 15:39 PM
At last, after repeated failures which I now relate to our extremely high Florida humidity, I've finally managed to create a successful hybrid cross between Byblis 'Goliath' and Byblis rorida. By removing the anthers from the flower and bringing them indoors where humidity was much lower (below 50% RH) it seemed to increase pollen viability. The anthers where then split with a sterile scalpel and applied with fine tweezers to the receptive stigmas. My germination rates were fair. Out of 12 seed produced within one capsule, 4 germinated and the resulting seedlings immediately showed hybrid vigor.
My first attempts were made in my greenhouse and thanks to our consistant 80-100% humidity, miserably failed!
I've noticed some very interesting anomalies emerging from my hybrid cross that will be further explained in the photos below. Please note that the Byblis 'Goliath' that I grow is the diploid form and not the tetraploid self-pollinatingvariant that has been recently documented. And now, time for some photos. Introducing, the first Byblis hybrid! Below are two distinct forms of the forementioned hybrid.
Some interesting things happen when you cross different Byblis species...
Here is one of the more normal looking variants. Traits from both parents are clearly visable in both hybrid variants.
Brian Barnes, 11/2/2010.
Posted 02 November 2010 - 20:09 PM
Posted 02 November 2010 - 20:39 PM
Thanks. Actually, the B. rorida seed came from a long-time CP grower that lives on the west coast of Florida and the seed was almost a year old. Sadly, none of the seed you sent ever germinated.
Time will tell what B X 'Medusa" does!
Posted 02 November 2010 - 22:35 PM
That Byblis "x medusa" is amazing.
Keep up the good work!
All the best,
Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:15 PM
Best wishes on your continuing work as well. I plan on creating a few more Byblis hybrids soon, as the weather here in Florida now (Fall) is the "Byblis growing season" in my conditions...
Also, for Heliamphora too...
I know, I know....post some pictures then.... BTW, visited your web-blog via your above provided link. Good job, I like it!
Edited by Drosera5150, 03 November 2010 - 12:19 PM.