Searching for Mr Dakota : The hunt for variegated Dyckia

stephaniaMarch 10, 2008

Years ago, I came across with the image of this variegated spiney in FCBS site.

It's definely on the top of my most want "Holy Grail",

but I really didn't know where to takeoff.

I took about 3 years to find this special plant with nothing.

But finally, with a big help from our good friend here, HDD,

I can have this Dyckia 'Dakota' in my spiney collection now.

THANKS HDD (@^_^@)

It seem I got two in one, as they have different variegation.

Solid yellow, striated with emarginated.

While this one has rather green with mediopicta.

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brom_phil

nice i can see why you wanted it

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 3:25AM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Congratulations, Chanin!

It looks very unstable. Probably the yellower one wouldn't survive if it was removed from the greener one, so you got two for one!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 3:02PM
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stephania

(@^_^@) Oh my dear Lisa, please don't put an evil eye on him...LOL

Actually, I don't worry, because it appears some chlorophyll in the yellower one,
like it does in Dyckia 'Yellow Glow' that definitely can survive itself.

In fact, this kind of unstable variegation would be good for hybrid purpose,
if it was used as seed parent, there could be greater chance to get variegated kids.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 7:33PM
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stephania

In fact, I have tried to do a variegated Dyckia by myself.
I did a cross between Dyckia platyphylla as a seed parent
x with Dyckia 'Yellow Glow' as polen parent, at least two of batch
appear to be much paler that I hope the variegation could develop.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 11:53PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who grows their seeds crowded! Those guys should come apart pretty easily, though.

Chanin, I'm surprised that you would get any results from using Yellow Glow as a pollen parent, but sometimes things like that happen for reasons I don't yet understand. I will be interested to see how those pale ones turn out.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 1:13AM
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stephania

LOL... :-)) I knew TOO CROWDED Lisa, I still have 25,000 seedlings to work with !!!

This is also a selected one from a batch of ordinary Dyckia marnier-lapostollei.

I found some seedling shows variegation, note on a leaf near the middle,
with a yellow band underneath.

But the variegation doesn't show through upper surface yet.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 2:58AM
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stephania

Up to date, my beloved 'Dakota' is gonna bloom ! so I can start my new experiment.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 3:26AM
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hotdiggetydam

Dakota is in bloom here to and pregnant I hope :)

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 12:55PM
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caudexman_2008

Hi,
Can you give us an update on Dakota and seedlings?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 1:48AM
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hotdiggetydam

If I remember correctly what Chanin told me about these seedlings...I think the monsoon rain got the seedlings...maybe some survived

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 9:39AM
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alibaba_2008

Never mind the variegated plant, what is that superb plant in the bottom right hand corner of the first picture...
Ali

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 11:21AM
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stephania

Thanks HDD, yes sadly, all gone with the rain :-(

Sorry that I have not been here for awhile, too busy with my new house
and also have to take care of my mother after her cataract surgery.

Here the 'Dakota' one side of clump has divided into two heads.

Ali, that's a nice Bill Baker's hybrid, Dyckia 'South Bay'

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 2:17AM
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alibaba_2008

That South Bay is a beautiful hybrid! Thanks for posting a close up. Sadly there doesn't seem to be a good source of such plants in the UK, unless anyone can tell me otherwise.
Ali

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 11:29AM
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