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Here's a very peculiar yet outstanding moorei that stuck out of the crowd for it's slight golden color, oddly shaped "back" (hence the unglamorous name) and leucophylla dominant phenotype.  The parent plant was a vigorous S. flava var. rugelii Covington Co, AL (this was used as the pod parent) and the pollen donor was a wide, somewhat circular-mouthed, bright white S. leucophylla Covington Co, AL.  Despite being man-made, this hybrid is still true to location. 


 It was surprising that the leucophylla genes were so strong in this cross.  Had I not divulged the details of the cross, one may have assumed this was a leucophylla back-cross, but it's an F1 hybrid!  I'm still pretty surprised by these results.  


Typically, it's very difficult to  make such a  cross using flava as the pod parent because flavas usually bloom out before leucophyllas open up, but some years, with the weather not being consistent, we get lucky?   When you grow out a genetically diverse population, you also sometimes get some early blooming leucos.  I also suspect that the father leucophylla has moorei genes in it generations ago because of the wide mouth, which may explain why it bloomed earlier than the rest of its kin from the same population.

  Did it matter which plant I used as the pod donor and pollen donor?  No idea, but it seemed less likely that others have used flava as the pod parent, and whatever the reason, it yielded at least one gem, possibly 2.  The rest of the siblings were very uneventful:imagine a hybridy looking flava that's kinda greenish yellow, maybe some light veins and a flava looking lid...nothing to really talk about.  I did get one other leucophylla dominant hybrid that looks really nice, and photos are shown below. 


Here's some pics of S. x  moorei 'Haunchback', photos mostly taken 8/21/16, this plant is in a 4" pot but the traps are close to 2' tall, it's YUUUUUUUUGE considering it's still a youngish seedling:






Why the heck did Mike Wang give it this ugly, ridiculous name?  Pictures speak a 1000 words, this plant never used its legs to lift heavy objects:





This photo was taken when the trap had just opened, it was less colorful back then:




not the best picture of this plant, but here's The mother (pod parent) to this plant, who would have guessed?






And finally, here's another sibling from the same cross with great potential:








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Thanks Richard!  Honestly, I don't know.  Did a google search for "haunchback" and then google replied "do you mean hunchback?"  

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