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Lepanthes pollination

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Raven, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody know if Lepanthes can be self-pollinated? I have about 10 species that i'd like to pollinate at some point but I don't like making hybrids.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I know that it has been done with at least one species. Though I think it took a lot of tries to get a capsule.
     
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    Raven Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Marni. Gotta try.
     
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    I make hundreds of Lepanthes pollinations a year. Only ones that can be selfed are those that are sometimes cleistogamic: orchestris, acarina, for example. Even sib-crossing Lepanthes is quite difficult for most species. Really better to try to source two clones of a given species if you want to make seeds...
     
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    Interesting. pacome, do you mean outcrossing (crossing between different individuals of the same species) or sib-crossing (crossing between siblings = individuals who share at least one parent)? If it is the later, they may have something called genetic self-incompatibility (e.g. tomato-relatives, Brassica etc). A concrete example of genetic SI hasn't been demonstrated in orchids yet.