So this one is rather disappointing: Supposedly I tried crossing D. sp. Lantau Island with madagascariensis, and for a while the leaves seemed to fit, but it never made a stem of any kind, and the flowers appear to be making seed. Turns out even in slightly lower light levels Lantau produces differently structured leaves than normal. On the other hand, this one was a great success: D. sp. Lantau Island x capensis typical. The leaves are beginning to lengthen greatly, so this one looks very promising!
So I showed natalensis x tokaiensis earlier, but it had not flowered yet. Here's the bloom: The petals are smaller and rounder than natalensis, and the flower is a darker pink, so this is a successful cross. So far, it's also sterile. Also, not horribly spectacular, but this is the cross D. spatulata 'Tamlin' x "Pink Flower, Royal National Park, Sydney." Plants get larger than the pink flower parents, and the flowers are ntermediate between the two forms, making a lovely mauve-light pink shade.
D. brevifolia makes really nice hybrids. It is a really neat species, just so small. But with hybridization, its features can be made larger.
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I hope that's what I will get. I also have brevifolia x aliciae going, and am attempting to germinate x natalensis, a couple spatulata varieties, x tracyi, and just pollinated a flower with capensis today. It seems, however, that brevifolia seeds can tend to take a lot of time to germinate, and the hybrid seeds are no exception.
Does anyone know if the petiolaris complex can be crossed outside of the complex?, I have a dilato-pet in flower but only capensis, spathulata, burmanni, indica and peltata also in flower, I also have a lanata forming an inflorescence and possibly one on my petiolaris, but its to small to tell.
Short answer: no. Long answer: The different subgenera within Drosera tend to have differing chromosomal counts, so trying to cross them together results in incomplete pairings and no seed embryo forming. The petiolaris complex and some others are also just so morphologically different they really can't mix with others. Some, like D. regia and the D. arcturi complex, are even thought to be just as closely related to their relatives Dionaea or Aldrovanda as they are to some of the other Drosera species.
Sorry, didn't see this until now.... D. madagascariensis x affinis (at least the one plant I know is the hybrid) seems to be as fast a grower as the parents. It's a very easy one. A for the capensis x spatulata crosses you plan on doing, good luck. I've got 2 crosses similar (typical x spatulata Beenak and typical x spatulata 'Tamlin') that I have yet to sow, but when I do we'll see what comes up.
Also, I have another filiformis Fl red flower stalk coming up, and if that one survives, I might just be able to manage a cross with my now flowering D. intermedia Mt. Roraima. Finally, a true tropical D. x hybrida!! And maybe I'll get lucky and one of my capensis plants will decide to flower again at the same time as well....
And, haven't posted pic of this one yet, but it was definitely a success: D. spatulata "Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney" x anglica Oregon. A new rendition of D. x nagamotoi
A couple more new hybrids. First up D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island. The reverse cross also sprouted, but is much younger D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island by hawken.carlton, on Flickr And then this one is a mystery. Popped up from seeds of D. anglica "Alakai Swamp, HI," from the shape of the leaves I would almost guess it's an anglica x spatulata hybrid but of course I'm not sure D. anglica Hawaii hybrid by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
The plants have the upright and climbing growth along with the elongate leaves of affinis, but the lamina are widened and lengthened by the spatulata parent. This is a rather vigorous plant once it gets to a certain size, and very attractive and unique.
In other news: I have recently harvested seeds of D. intermedia Easton, MA x filiformis FL red, and attempted to cross said filiformis with the Mt. Roraima intermedia as well. The flower stalk broke on the intermedia, so I will have to wait for a new one, but the filiformis is still flowering, so there's a chance for both ways. And a D. capensis is getting ready to flower so with any luck I will be able to attempt filiformis x capensis. I will also be sowing a large number of my attempted crosses as a large plant order fell through. While disappointing, this means I will finally see if some of the capensis and other crosses worked.