Hello all, It seems everyone has been putting up pictures of a lot of new hybrids recently, so I decided I'd share my own. Below is the first one I've gotten to flowering size, D. capillaris "Long Arm" x spatulata 'Tamlin'. I'm not 100% certain about the capillaris identity, but that's what it was given to me as. This is a younger sibling: And the adult: The flower is pretty close to intermediate in color, the capillaris had a very dark pink flower, and the 'Tamlin' has white, so the result was kind of a washed out bright pink: What do you think? Worthwhile plant? It's certainly a vigorous hybrid, as it's only been a few months since I sowed the seeds.
Second hybrid has flowered! I missed the first flower, but I have a picture of the bud, the flower color is lighter than the one above. This is D. tokaiensis x spatulata 'Tamlin' This one is also surpassing the size of the 'Tamlin' parent. To give you an idea of scale, that's a 5" pot it's in and it's nearly as wide.
Yeah, the second one is a lot more elegant. What I'm really hoping for, though, is success with the crosses I have with intermedia and capensis, or the newer ones with nidiformis and, soon, madagascariensis and affinis.
Another pic from the tokaiensis x Tamlin hybrid, just to show you what hybrid vigor can do: The plant in the pot is about 3 inches across, and that flower stalk is approaching 2 feet and still has some to grow. Neither parent gets inflorescences larger than half that size.... Also, I have D. spatulata 'Tamlin' x tokaiensis (the reverse cross), and D. capillaris "Long Arm" x tokaiensis both flowering. The latter is a test cross, since the parent plants look very similar, and I am seeing if they may actually be the same.....
Too soon to tell. The pods produce a VERY small number of seeds, but none have sprouted yet, so I'm assuming sterile, but it'll be a few more weeks before I know for sure. Same with the capillaris x 'Tamin', though the seed count there is actually higher.
I don't think the first plant is a hybrid... It looks rather like D. spatulata to me... Do you have any photos of the mother plant? "long Arm Cappy" looks like a hybrid between D. capillaris and D. intermedia with the scape resembling more the scape of D. intermedia than D. capillaris.
found a neat vid:
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The first one is a hybrid, I am sure of that, it was a cross between the "capillaris" and a spatulata, and certainly doesn't match the look of the parent plants. I am rather doubtful about the identity of the parent, as it is rather similar to my D. tokaiensis (both hybrid and species plants), and have a cross between the cap and tokaiensis flowering to test if they may be the same. Problem is, I've got what are supposedly capillaris rom Costa Rica, from the ICPS seed bank, that also resemble this whole group.
The next hybrid has flowered! This one is the reverse of the big hybrid above, being D. spatulata 'Tamlin' x tokaiensis. The flowers are about the same shade of pink (seems that color is dominant here), but the leaves are thinner, looking more like spatulata than tokaiensis in this one. I've also taken cuttings of all 3 of the ones that have flowered, and hope to start spreading them around soon.
Not always. D. dielsiana x capensis doesn't even seem to survive past sprouting stage, and my intermedia crosses are painfully slow at the moment, but a good number are faster. Hence the coining of "hybrid vigor."