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    D. occidentalis and D. intermedia flowering

    Thought I'd share some pictures of my pygmies flowering 2 months after being sown, and some pics of my D. intermedia from seed.

    I checked last night and the occidentalis flower was beginning to open and I checked this morning and found it almost completely opened, pretty fast!

    Does anyone know I would be able to cross these two?

    Thanks for looking
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    Very nice!

    More pics when they're open!
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    Drosera intermedia has a chromosome number 2n=20. Pygmy Drosera have reported 2n counts of 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 28 (don't ask me exactly which species has which).

    If the 2n=10 or 20 you might be able to cross them.
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    The D. intermedia looks very healthy. Nice red coloration!
    The cross may be a stretch, since they're not all that closely related (ie. crossing 2 pygmy species or making a cross like D. intermdedia x capillaris would be much more likely) but it's worth a shot!
    I've never been able to see my D. intermedia when it opens since the flowers only last for a few minutes it seems...
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    I thought that many plants didnt obey the polyploidy rule and we're able to be crossed and the resulting progeny would have a different n count resulting in a combination of the 2 parentals. Do Droseras not obey this rule? I know this is true for orchids.

    Hopefully I'll be able to get a shot of the flowers fully opened but they seem to be shy lol I doubt I'll be able to do a cross as the timing will be off a bit and the occidentalis is just SOOOOO tiny I dont know how I'll be able to get the pollen off there even with a Q-tip : /

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    I can't remember where the link is, but Ivan Snyder (the sundew hybrid guru) takes off the whole stamen/anther with a tweezer and rubs the pollen on the stigma of the other plant. It would still be pretty tedious with the Occidentalis, though...
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    I may have to cut the flower itself to try to pollinate since the whole flower itself is just about the size of normal stamen LOL If the timing works out I may give it a go...I'll keep you posted

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