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    Byblis hybridization failed...

    Hello Friends,

    Here's some interesting photos showing pedicels decending via pulvini in Byblis gigantea. Pedicels in Byblis that move via pulvini was first documented in June of 2008 with B. 'Goliath'.

    Let's start with a photo taken before pollination;



    And now, some photos of the pulvini after successful pollination of only one flower (to the left in photo) The flower to the right was intentionally left unpollinated.
    Note swelling in pulvinus and decending pedicel on the left with ripening capsule as is with Byblis 'Goliath'.



    Here's a few closer views of zones one and two;




    And last of all, a decent macro of an insect!



    IMPORTANT UPDATE; At last... the results are finally in regarding Byblis hybridization!

    Two reputable CP enthusiasts from Germany and UK have reported their failed attempts at hybridizing the following Byblis species; Here's a quick overview of the results. Detailed summaries will soon be posted publicly on the Byblis Chronicles website.

    Byblis filifolia "south of the Old Pago Mission, north of Kalumburu, in the Kimberley" X Byblis guehoi "multi-headed plants, mauve flower" Kimberley, Australia."- Results; few seed produced that appear small and stunted. Some capsules appear two be filled with only air with no seed present. Seed infertile, no germination.

    Byblis guehoi "multi-headed plants, mauve flower" Kimberley, Australia." X Byblis filifolia"south of the Old Pago Mission, north of Kalumburu, in the Kimberley". Results; Same as above, but with slightly more infertile seed produced. No germination.

    Byblis filifolia "south of the Old Pago Mission, north of Kalumburu, in the Kimberley" X Byblis filifolia "loc 37 Kimberley X loc 06 Northern Territory, an F1 hybrid". Results; Few infertile seed produced with zero germination.

    Byblis filifolia "Gibb River, Kimberley" X Byblis aquatica "maroon plants to 15 cm tall with small purple flowers, Noonamah, N.T." Results; No seed produced whatsoever. No germination.


    Byblis rorida “growing with a new Byblis species (in publication)” 80 km E of Broome" X Byblis filifolia "Gibb River, Kimberley". Resulting seed from the cross is infertile. Results; Very few, if any seed produced. No germination.


    Byblis filifolia “robust plants > 25 cm tall, flowers pink 3 cm Ø, outer surface white, petal tips very ser-rate” near junction of Kalumburu-Gibb River-Derby & Gibb River-Wyndham Rds, Kimberley. X
    Byblis filifolia “robust plants > 25 cm tall, flowers mixed colours of pale pink, pink & violet- mauve >3 cm Ø, outer surface white, petal tips very serrate” Gibb River-Wyndham Rd, just after Gregorys Jump-up, Kimberley, Western Australia. Results; No seed produced whatsoever. Capsules appear to be swelling but only contained air.


    Another interesting note is that both growers reported that there were absolutely no sessile glands present in two different forms of B. rorida they were growing. Stay tuned for a detailed report!

    Happy Growing,

    Brian Barnes, 5/12/2010.

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    Amazing how much detail and thought you've put into this.

    Thanks for the informative report!

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    I agree. Very nice research!
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