Here's an interesting puzzle. I've been growing out a couple of crosses I got from another CPer and I'm beginning to doubt that the parent listed as the father is accurate. (In all fairness, the grower clearly stated that the flowers were not covered after pollination to prevent critters from having their way with the flowers. Here's in Southern California stray pollination is lots less of an issue than it seems to be deep in the South.)
This crop is from seed labeled S. melanorrhoda "Triffid Park" x rosea luteola, a hybrid which should be 1/8 flava, 3/8 purpurea, and 1/2 rosea.
With the three below that are most in focus I'm pretty sure rosea could be the sperm donor. So far so good.
But with the rest is anyone suspicious yet? Like, where'd the leuco areolas come from on some of the plants?
I'm really scratching my head with this next one. The cross is only 1/8 flava with the rest purp or rosea, but this leaf is incredibly upright and not super-bulbous. In the end I think the parentage could be correct. Hmmm.
I'm growing out seed from another cross with the anthocyanin-free rosea, this one with S. areolata (alata x leuco) as the maternal plant. And here too I'm seeing plants that don't look like they're credible kids of the indicated parents.
S. flava seems to have gotten into the mix with the next two:
Of the next two smaller pups, I'm thinking the one on the left probably is a botanical love-child, but the one on the right looks possibly correct.