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echinacea hybridizing howto

Posted by espressogeek 6b (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 7, 07 at 12:11

Where would I find beginner information on hybriding? I was reading about the chicago botanical gardens and how they were crossing cone flower. I have no idea how to identify a male from a female echinacea. The wiki here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea_purpurea, states that the plants are hermaphroditic but the description of the process here, http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0525/p14s01-liga.html , states otherwise. Can someone please explain this?


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Can you explain or does someone have a picture? Is there a good beginner home botany type book that I can pick up?


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EG,

"Can you explain or does someone have a picture?"

When the CS Monitor article said, "Ault then brought pollen from a male plant and applied it with an artist's paintbrush to the flowers on the central disk's flowers of the female plant", they probably meant that he brought pollen from a male plant and applied it with an artist's paintbrush to the stigmas of the disk florets of the female flower.

This article has some information on composite flower anatomy.

MM


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