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    So, I don't think I posted a pic of this hybrid yet, but at least one plant is back on track now
    D. tokaiensis x capensis "typical" by hawken.carlton, on Flickr

    Also, the first ultramafica x spatulata hybrids are sprouting, and some Anglica Alakai crosses have been harvested. I even attempted a cross with intermedia Mt. Roraima this morning.
    Sadly, the intermedia Roraima x filiformis FL All Red fell through, but I may have capensis x filiformis seedlings....
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    I always enjoy seeing what you have crossed and the results. D. capensis x filiformis certainly sounds interesting.
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    I really hope that one is a success, and not just a bunch of accidental cape seedlings... :P
    I find that with capensis hybrids, no matter how carefully I remove the anthers I end up with a good proportion of pure capes in with any hybrids I manage to make.....
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    'Sounds like a species whose determination to reproduce will not be thwarted! The persistence of life often amazes me.
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    I think it's just the famous weediness of capensis.....
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    1st flower of the aliciae x sp. Lantau Island hybrid
    D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
    New tokaiensis hybrid, possibly my last with the typical rosette types
    D. tokaiensis x spatulata "Fraser Island" by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
    And the first anglica-side hybrid with the Alakai locale
    D. anglica Alakai Swamp, HI x spatulata (white flower x 'Tamlin&#x27 by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
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    And update on some of the hybrids
    D. sp. Lantau Island x tokaiensis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    D. tokaiensis x sp. Lantau Island by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    These guys are about to flower, confirmed with white flowers.
    D. anglica Alakai Swamp, HI x spatulata ("white flower" x 'Tamlin&#x27 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    By the way, quick update on the D. tokaiensis x 'Tamlin': turns out the cross is semi-fertile, as a small portion of the seeds it produced actually sprouted. Mind you, compared to a normal flower stalk which would produce a couple thousand seeds, this one only produced around 50 from two, and so far about 5 have sprouted, so it is for the most part a non=reproductive plant, with rare exceptions.
    Congrats. You are getting some interesting results. I communicated with a Japanese botanist years ago who told me about D. tokaiensis there. He told me naturally occurring spatulata x tokaiensis had been found and he said it was slightly fertile. I doubted that then since they have a different chromosome number: 6-ploid X 4-ploid should make a sterile 5-ploid; odd numbers sterile. But sounds like you proved it true.

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    It's been known for some time that the wild populations of tokaiensis are polyploid, it's quite possible that the multiple copies of genes allow some lining up of back-cross hybrids.

    Anyway, some update pics: this guy is still going strong
    D. madagascariensis x affinis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    There are at least two unique clones here, hopefully they mature into nice adult plants
    D. capensis 'Albino' x sp. Lantau Island by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Hybrid update
    D. aliciae x natalensis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    This one is readying a flower
    D. capensis 'Albino' x sp. Lantau Island by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Still working on getting these to size though
    D. tokaiensis x capensis "typical" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And, a new hybrid I have yet to post a pic of:
    D. (ultramafica x spatulata) x spatulata "Beenak, Victoria" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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